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Heather Lochlear, Richie Sambora: Preserving family time post-divorce

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(Read caption) Heather Locklear, a cast member in "Scary Movie V," poses with her daughter Ava at the Los Angeles premiere of the film at the Cinerama Dome in Los Angels on April 11.

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Ava Sambora, 16, is a fortunate kid not because she got her mom Heather Lochlear's good looks or because her parents held her birthday party at the Four Seasons Hotel but because her parents have managed to give her the daily gift of remaining friends after their divorce.

People like me, who grew up in the middle of an ugly divorce where reconciliation was made impossible by one parent being a violent alcoholic, missed out on one of the most vital experiences of childhood, “family time.”

So I sit in awe of parents like Lochlear and her ex, Richie Sambora, who ended their 13-year marriage in 2007, for their ability to be friends and give their daughter that “family time” experience.


This isn’t just something to be done by the well-heeled, beautiful, and famous people.

My friends, Richard and Cheryl, divorced, have two kids and have remained a family where it counts, in the preservation of “family time.”


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