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Wisconsin focuses on children and divorce awareness

Divorce can be a painful experience, but the effect it can have on children is sometimes forgotten. To bring light to the impact of divorce on a family’s kids, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett have joined together to proclaim next week “Family is Forever – Children and Divorce Awareness Week,” the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

According to the news source, there are 16,000 divorces in Wisconsin each year, and many of those occur between couples with children. Many of these children are greatly affected by this experience, but the awareness event aims to show Wisconsin families that the impact doesn’t have to cause a lifetime of pain, helplessness or anger.

One of the tenets of the awareness campaign is to promote collaboration and decency during divorces.

“The guiding principle in collaborative practice is that despite divorce, a family can be forever,” states the news source.

While a collaborative divorce may not be right for every family and every scenario, this family law approach first emerged approximately 10 years ago.

According to Business First, collaborative divorces are growing in popularity across the country, including in Kentucky, as families look to end their marriages without going through a public and emotional court case.

Mom, Child arrested after child custody fight

A Kentucky woman and her adult daughter were arrested after reportedly injuring a man during a child custody fight, according to KFVS News.

Candice Singleton-Buie, 23, and her mother, 48-year-old Kathy Mellinger, allegedly arrived at a home in Boaz and grabbed two children from the front yard. The pair reportedly put the children into their car without child restraints, prompting family members to attempt to stop the vehicle, the news station reports.

Police said the mother-daughter pair hit a man in the leg as they drove away from the scene. In addition, the source reports the vehicle hit another car while it sped off, all while the children were in the backseat.

Although police said the incident was a “child custody fight that got out of control” the source did not specify whether the injured man was the children’s father.

Singleton-Buie was charged with two counts of fourth degree assault, one count of second degree assault, three counts of wanton endangerment and one count of first degree criminal mischief. Mellinger was charged with alcoholic intoxication and possession of an open alcoholic container in a motor vehicle.

Approximately 86 percent of custodial parents in the U.S. are mothers, while the rest are fathers, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.