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HVP November 2018

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Page 26 of 39 n Hudson Valley Parent 27 was a good provider and a good father. Unfortunately, over time, his infidelity was just too much and, in 2008, she decided to end their 7-year marriage. "I didn't want my two girls, who were eight-years-old and two-years-old at the time, to think that this behavior was okay," says the Poughkeepsie mom. Navigating through divorce wasn't easy. Zambrano took her children and moved in temporarily with her mother. Over the years, the relationship between Kassandra, Zambrano's oldest daughter, and her father fizzled. "Kassandra is 18 now and doesn't want him in her life, but my youngest daughter still sees him." It's her family support system that saw her and the children through the tough times. "My mom was so comforting to my children and they absolutely adore her," says Zambrano. "It's important to have a support system like I have with my family. You also can't think about the 'should'ves, could'ves and would'ves.' Just keep thinking about what you can do to move forward." It's been 10 years since the divorce was finalized and Zambrano says that the girls are doing well. Keep a sense of normalcy Sky Wallen started her divorce proceedings in June 2015, but it took years of court, lawyers and many discussions before it was finalized. "After many years in marriage counseling, it was a mutual divorce," says Wallen, a Saugerties- based mom of nine-year-old Kylar and seven-year-old Cooper. "I tried to shelter my kids from the process but, like many people, ended up in family court." Unfortunately, Kylar struggled with what was happening around him. "He was around his father more often when he lived with us, so it was hard on him," says Wallen. (Continued on Page 28)

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