About Cheryl Lavin

Cheryl Lavin

Cheryl Lavin

Cheryl Lavin's "Tales fromTales from the Front" lets men and women share their relationship stories in their own words. Love is a battlefield, and they're the war correspondents reporting to her from the front lines of relationships in the 21st century.

With a combination of humor and compassion, Lavin's three-times-a-week column tackles the problems and joys of every single, married, divorced, separated or widowed person. Some tales are funny while some are sad. Some have happy endings and some don't. But they're always true, sometimes controversial and on-target.

Once a week, Lavin gives advice based on over 20 years of experience and thousands of readers' letters.

Lavin began "Tales From the Front" in 1985. Her work is included in "Best Newspaper Writing," published by the American Society of Newspaper Editors. She has earned numerous awards, including the Peter Lisagor and Jacob Scher awards for investigative journalism, the Herman Kogan award from the Chicago Bar Association for legal writing, and the Peter Lisagor and UPI awards for feature writing.

A native Chicagoan, Lavin now lives in Scottsdale, Ariz., with her second (and hopefully last) husband, Robert Rapp. She's saving the story of their meeting for a quick column when she's really under deadline pressure.     Meanwhile, her two daughters, Shannon and Samantha, keep her supplied with tales, as do her thousands of loyal readers.

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Today's Column Brought to You by the Letter P Jul 19, 2019

Pears and pregnancy tests — you wouldn't think they had much in common, other than the letter P. But in today's column, they both mean "See ya, bye!" GREG: I knew it was over when we exchanged Christmas gifts. We'd only been dating for less tha... Read More

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Greetings From the South of France Jul 12, 2019

Dear Readers: By the time you read this, I'll be at my villa in Provence overlooking my vineyard. The most amazing thing happened! Actually, it was two amazing things (three if you count the Nigerian Prince, but I prefer not to). First, I won the lot... Read More

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Are Trust and Respect Possible After a Divorce? Are They Even Desirable? Jul 05, 2019

Dear Cheryl: It's been a month since my divorce, a divorce caused by my ex-husband's cheating. I barely talk to him, which is generally good. When we do talk, it's usually about our daughter. But we have said many nasty things to each other in the p... Read More