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Andrea Rodgers is the Founder of Miss A (AskMissA.com), which covers the intersection of charity and lifestyle for 1.5 million unique readers annually. Based in Washington, DC, Miss A has a presence in 21 U.S. cities with 30 editors and hundreds of writer. Andrea was inspired after 9/11, and became heavily involved in Washington’s charity circuit in an effort to give back to the community. At the core of the Miss A brand is Andrea’s personal belief in the positive power of volunteering and charity — not only to benefit those less fortunate, but to improve the individual, business or brand that gives their time, money and energy to a cause. AskMissA.com serves as a technological platform which connects editors, writers and readers around this core belief and shines a spotlight on the best nonprofits, charity events, cause marketing campaigns and philanthropic & stylish people, businesses and brands to inspire others to get involved.

Andrea Rodgers is a member of the Vogue 100, a hand-selected group by Vogue magazine of 100 influential decision makers and opinion leaders across the country known for their distinctive taste in fashion & culture. She has been featured in Vogue, W and Allure, CNN, Fox News, NOS Dutch Public Broadcasting, TV Tokyo, France 24, Alhurra, USA Today, Washington Post & Politico.

Divorced But Afraid To Date

Dear Miss A,
I am mother of a 10 year old daughter.  We are very close and have a great relationship. I have been divorced for 6 years, but have not dated much. My ex-husband has made my life very difficult, and I am afraid he would use my dating as a means to take my daughter away from me. He is a lawyer and has tried every trick there is. I would like to move back to my hometown out-of-state, but my ex will not allow it. Every time I meet a nice man I think about all the complications it may cause and I give up before I start. I am 45, and also worry about being alone in my later years.

Please advise me,

All Torn Up
Dear All Torn Up,
Thank you so much for writing me. I am so sorry that you are going through this. I can tell that you are very fearful of your ex-husband. I think the first thing you need to do is to speak with an attorney to see if your fears are valid. I do not know the law, but an attorney could tell you whether your dating or even re-marrying would be a factor that your ex could use in getting custody of your daughter. My suspicion is that it’s not, but again I am not an attorney, and I don’t know the legal nightmare that your ex-husband may have already put you through. I can tell that you are clearly concerned about his legal actions. I would hate for you to have to give up the romantic part of your life just because of your ex-husband, so please do speak with someone.
As for moving your daughter out-of-state, I think that may be a valid concern, so please consult a lawyer if you really do want to move back home. It’s understandable that you would want to be close to your family’s support system, but it’s also understandable that your ex-husband would want to be near his daughter.
I wish you the best! Please let me know if you talk with an attorney, and how things go. I think you will feel much better when you have clear cut facts, rather than just worrying about the possibility of legal problems.
– Miss A

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