Carolyn Hax

Washington, D.C.

Advice columnist

Education: Harvard University, BA in history and literature

Carolyn Hax started her advice column in 1997, after five years as a copy editor and news editor in Style and none as a therapist. The column includes cartoons by “relationship cartoonist” Nick Galifianakis — Carolyn's ex-husband — and appears in over 200 newspapers. Besides the daily column, Carolyn has a weekly live online discussion (noon Fridays). She is on Twitter, @carolynhax, and Facebook. Here are
Latest from Carolyn Hax

Need advice? Join Carolyn Hax’s chat (June 10 | 12 p.m. ET)

Advice columnist Carolyn Hax answers your questions about the strange train we call life.

June 10, 2022

Carolyn Hax: Irked by girlfriend’s iTunes account with ex-husband’s last name

Current partner feels it's disrespectful — and awkward — for girlfriend to use ex-husband's last name on her iTunes account.

May 27, 2022

Carolyn Hax: Parent has ‘grave misgivings’ about daughter’s polyamorous marriage

A parent sees their daughter’s polyamorous marriage as "attention-seeking" and "flawed."

May 26, 2022

Can I stop visiting my children’s grandmother? Carolyn Hax readers give advice.

Carolyn Hax readers give advice to a letter-writer who wants to know if they can stop visiting their children's grandmother.

May 25, 2022

Carolyn Hax: Family is ‘angry’ at brother who wants to divorce his wife

A brother's reasons for wanting a divorce from his wife of 20 years don't seem, to his parents and sibling, "acute enough to end a marriage."

May 25, 2022

Carolyn Hax: Tired of a husband who’s always tired of his job

He has complained about every job he's ever had, and depleted his spouse's sympathy reserves.

May 24, 2022

Carolyn Hax: How do they decide if they should have another child?

They’re deciding on whether to have another baby and aren’t sure if their family is complete as-is or if they’re up for the stress of having a second child.

May 23, 2022

Carolyn Hax: Invitation without a plus-one threatens decades of family friendship

A mother "struggles to move on" after her daughter's invitation to a family wedding did not include a plus-one.

May 22, 2022

Carolyn Hax: Friend’s young adult kids are always tagging along

One friend seeks a diplomatic way to approach another whose kids "always, I mean always," tag along at every social event.

May 21, 2022

Carolyn Hax chat: The 25th anniversary of the column

Advice columnist Carolyn Hax answers your questions about the strange train we call life.

May 20, 2022