Dear Abby: My boyfriend won’t have sex with me because he feels it would be unfaithful to his ex

DEAR SAD: If your boyfriend refuses to be intimate with you because he feels it would be unfaithful to his ex-wife, there may be underlying emotional issues that he needs to address. It is important for both partners in a relationship to feel comfortable and fulfilled in the intimate aspect of their connection. If your boyfriend is unable or unwilling to overcome these feelings, it could indicate that he is not ready for a new relationship. In such cases, it might be best for you to consider moving on and finding someone who is emotionally available.

DEAR SICK: Dealing with a difficult mother-in-law can be challenging, particularly if she is causing anxiety and depression. It's unfortunate that your husband is not supporting you due to fear. I would suggest seeking couples therapy to work through this issue together. A therapist can help you both establish boundaries with your mother-in-law and find healthy ways to cope with her behavior. It's also important to prioritize your mental well-being and distance yourself from toxic relationships that cause harm.

DEAR DEJECTED: It is painful to experience estrangement from a close family member, especially when the reasons are unclear. If your brother chooses to be rude and put you down on a daily basis, it may be difficult to restore the relationship without effective communication. Consider having an open and honest conversation with him about your feelings and concerns. Express your desire for a more positive and supportive relationship. However, if he continues to create a hostile work environment, it may be necessary to involve your employer or seek professional advice on how to handle the situation legally and professionally.

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