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Relationship expert: Take time to repeatedly tell kids about divorce

It is perfectly understandable that parents would be apprehensive about discussing divorce with their children. A professor and director of a family studies program says that sometimes parents try to get by spending just a few minutes explaining their divorce to their kids. Dr. Carol Bruess says research shows that about 75 percent of parents are not doing enough discussing of the divorce, spending an average of only 10 minutes talking about it with their kids. While she doesn't advocate an in-depth explanation of child custody disputes or other divorce matters, Bruess does urge parents to reassure the kids that the split is not their fault and was not something they could have prevented. 

The more things change...

There was no internet, no television and no radio. Though life today is in many ways very different in Butler County than life was 100 years ago, in some important ways it is very much alike. People still fall in love, get married and have children. And sometimes those marriages end in divorce that can be complicated by child custody disputes, property disagreements or differences about just about anything and everything else. The New York Post recently went through recently unsealed divorce records from a century ago. Unlike Ohio, New York State seals those records for 100 years. 

Part I: A Custody Battle Gone Too Far

The story ABC News recently covered of a married couple and their five children is a convoluted one that spans several family law issues and a range of emotions. Some might have viewed the report on “20/20” and come away feeling as if the mother was a manipulative liar. Others might have seen the story or read the accompanying article and felt afterwards that the father was a physically and emotionally abusive victimizer.

Co-parenting requires co-operation

A lot of Butler County parents can relate to busy -- very busy -- life of family law attorney Karen Covy. She's a busy lawyer with a Chicago practice, yet finds time somehow to blog frequently for her own website, the Huffington Post and DivorcedMoms.com, as well as serving as an educator and recurring guest on radio and TV programs. She's also apparently a popular speaker who can give audiences insights into divorce as a mom and an attorney.

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