Olivia Mai and her husband, Bartek Typrowicz, with their children, Anya (6) and Nicholas (3), outside The Stork Exchange, at Dublin Airport. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

It used to be a handwritten postcard of an impossibly idyllic scene that did the job. Now multiple photos of colourful cocktails, happy, sandy-face(...)

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‘When my husband told me the marriage was over my first feeling was relief.” “You can’t blame your ex for everything.” “I love my husband but here’s w(...)

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Q Men have been telling me horrendous stories about their daughters bullying them. One father was threatened by his twentysomething daughter that i(...)

Shattering: empty nest, relationship test. Illustration: Neil Leslie/Ikon Images/Getty

Forward thinking Planning for retirement or semiretirement is usually seen as a financial task, but parents also need to do some emotional forward thi(...)

The best time of the year?

Q My wife and her mother are best buddies, allies and confidants, in a way that has always made me feel uncomfortable. Last Christmas between (...)

‘It’s only one day” the voice of reason bleats as all around people splurge, hoard and party in preparation for the most emotionally charged 24 hou(...)

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Q I met my wonderful, caring fiance a year ago in a whirlwind romance and we moved in together after seven months. I love him dearly and am so excited(...)

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Q I feel brilliant most of the time, but I can’t find a serious relationship, so what’s standing in my way? I am highly creative and don’t conform to (...)

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Q My first girlfriend left me in her 20s when she admitted she was gay. We didn’t see each other for 15 years. I got married and divorced. She had a (...)

Joe Brady with the Lucan Gospel Singers. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Nobody heard him, the dead man,But still he lay moaning:I was much further out than you thoughtAnd not waving but drowning. ‘We think we have to prese(...)