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Rosie O'Donnell's former wife wants full custody of daughter

Whether known for her popular 1990's talk show or her dramatic television appearances and celebrity feuds more recently, many Illinois residents probably recognize the name Rosie O'Donnell. The on again and off again host of "The View" makes many headlines due to her public persona, but she is now being talked about because of troubles in her personal life after she split with wife Michelle Rounds. Rounds filed for sole custody of their two-year-old daughter on April 28 in New York after making allegations about O'Donnell's parenting skills.

Rounds told Entertainment Tonight that differing parenting styles were one problem in their marriage and claims that the environment at O'Donnell's is full of around the clock nannies. Rounds says she does not want her child to always be with a nanny and that she would raise their daughter in what she considers a healthier environment. According to Rounds, O'Donnell also gives the two-year-old free rein while she prefers mild discipline when raising their daughter.

While the couple has a prenuptial agreement, Rounds has said she will not hold O'Donnell to it if she receives full custody. A representative of O'Donnell said that Rounds is making a desperate attempt to use the former couple's daughter for her own gain.

The apparent custody battle between these two mothers is happening on a public stage due to O'Donnell's fame, but many parents find themselves in a contentious divorce process when having differing opinions about the best way to raise a child or children. In some situations, mediation or negotiations might help parents reach an agreement. If parents cannot communicate or compromise, a court must determine child custody issues instead.

Source: USA Today, "Rosie O'Donnell's divorce turns nasty", Allen Oldenburg, 04/30/2015

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