When Kids Are Caught
in the Middle Between Battling Spouses
When parents just can’t get along, it takes
a noticeable toll not only on their relationship
but especially on their children. The parents
on today’s show have a difficult time being
civil to one another but recognize a need for
change for the sake of their kids. Find out more
about their stories below:
Even after seven years of separation, the pain
of Marcus’ and April’s bitter divorce
still has not eased. Marcus has made allegations
of child abuse against April and the man she re-married,
while April accuses Marcus of neglecting his parental
duties over the years. Now Marcus is trying to
gain full custody, which April refuses to permit.
While both Marcus and April deny fighting in front
of the children, they realize their feud may have
a serious effect on the kids. Show expert Dr.
Debra Mandel suggested that Marcus and April stop
pointing the finger at each other and look inward
for the solution.
Although still married, Trina says she may have
to divorce Thomas if he can’t abandon his
cheating ways. Thomas admits to cheating at least
eight times, including visiting local brothels.
Larry pointed out that it is not only their fighting
that could potentially hurt the children, but
also the fact that Trina is setting a bad example
by staying with Thomas. Video
Clip: See what happened when Thomas hit a boiling
point and walked offstage. Thomas and Trina
were able to reconcile onstage after Thomas’
exit and commit to trying to work things out.
Visit our Advice Archive for today’s helpful
article by Kathleen Finnegan, LPC:
The Good Fight:
How To Fight Fair In Front of the Children
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