Making Divorce Better for Children

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Even with rates falling, divorce is still a common occurrence in the United States, yet have we gotten any better at putting ourselves, and our children, through the process?

On Tuesday, September 18, 2012’s Up to Date, psychologist Dr. Wes Crenshaw joins Steve Kraske for a look at the common pitfalls parents encounter when it comes to telling the kids that mommy and daddy aren’t staying together.  We’ll also talk with attorney Ron Nelson who specializes in divorce and child custody cases for a look at what can contribute to a conflict-prone divorce.  We’ll ask them both for advice on how to make divorce better for children and, in the process, for parents as well.

Dr. Wes Crenshaw is a Kansas Licensed Psychologist and Board Certified in Couples and Family Psychology (ABPP). He has served families in Lawrence and surrounding area since 1999 and owns Family Psychological Services in Lawrence. He is co-author of the Double Take column published weekly since 2004 and currently in Monday’s GO! section of the Lawrence Journal World, and Dear Dr. Wes: Real Life Advice for Teens; and Real Life Advice for Parents of Teens based on eight years of columns. He received his PhD from the University of Kansas in 1994, was licensed in 1995 and founded an internship for doctoral students in Topeka in 1996. He co-founded the Family Therapy Institute Midwest in 1999 and served as its director until December 2010. Learn more at

Ronald W. Nelson is a divorce and family law attorney specializing in high conflict divorce and child custody. He’s been in practice in Johnson County for 30 years. He’s recognized throughout Kansas and the United States for his expertise in family law, regularly writes for publication, and speaks at local, regional, and national legal groups. You can learn about his practice at or follow him on twitter @kansasdivorce