Dear Liz answers reader questions about love and life

Welcome to Dear Liz, where readers can ask those wonderfully awkward questions about marriage, divorce, parenting, sex, family, friendships and whatever else you don’t dare ask your friends.

Each week, Liz will choose one or a couple of questions to answer and will sometimes turn to her more polished and professional friends to chime in with answers that cover the legalese of divorce, the delicate nature of romance and coupledom, and even the vexing issues that leave parents feeling overwhelmed and frayed. If you have a question, Liz has an answer.

The ground rules:

1) Readers need not use their real names for published questions, but we need to be able to confirm you are who you say you are and not one of those Internet trolls we’ve heard so much about.

2) Liz will give a lot of thought to your questions, she will ask professionals and she will say when she doesn’t know something. But she’s not your lawyer, doctor or mechanic, and her answers aren’t a prescription. Her responses mostly are based on experience; your mileage may vary.

3) Anyone can drop Liz an email to ask a question. Send yours to

4) Yes, Liz is naturally brilliant, witty, and amazing. We know. We can’t believe it either.