Love Essentially

is Jackie Pilossoph's dating and relationships column, published weekly in Chicago Tribune Pioneer Press

Column: Is it fair for courts to make divorced parents pay for kids' college?

By Jackie Pilossoph, May 23, 2018

There is no law requiring married couples to pay for college for their children, but when it comes to divorced or divorcing parents, there apparently is. A 40-year-old Illinois law states that if you are divorced or getting divorced, your spouse can file a petition to allocate part of the responsibility of your children’s college expenses to you. Sound fair? Not to me, a divorced mom of two. Read The Entire Article

Column: Grandpa's 6 tips for a successful marriage

By Jackie Pilossoph, May 17, 2018

For more than 40 years, Peter Davidson has spent his career writing mystery novels, college textbooks, corporate training manuals, children’s books, magazine articles and songs. In all that time, the one genre Davidson never touched was love and relationships. That is until his grandson, Joel Schendel, got engaged. Read The Entire Article


Column: Barbara Bush, who found joy as a wife and a mother, can inspire us all

By Jackie Pilossoph, April 18, 2018

Some married women are opinionated and independent, while others are more traditional — old school, if you will. As a wife, Barbara Bush is the perfect example of a woman who was both. Read The Entire Article

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Column: 'Love, Simon' represents a turning point in high-school romance genre

By Jackie Pilossoph, March 28, 2018

I have often thought about how unbelievably difficult it must be for a gay teenager to come out. It’s challenging enough for any high school kid to feel accepted and “normal,” but imagine the pressure of trying to fit in if you’re gay or transgender. Read The Entire Article