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Durant's high praise of mom highlights importance of divorce

Perhaps you missed it, but Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant gave a stirring acceptance speech at his presentation for the National Basketball Association's Most Valuable Player of the year award that put all Mother's Day cards to shame. Durant tearfully recalled the sacrifices his mother made for him as she raised him and his brother as a single parent after his father deserted his wife and his kids. Durant's mother was only 21 years old when his father decided to leave him; Durant was only 1. Durant's father would later give his reason for leaving to reporters as a combination of being young, selfish and immature.

Despite the difficulties, Durant's mother was able to provide for the two boys through her grit and raw determination to succeed. In his speech, Durant recalled a moment after she moved the family into their first apartment. Durant says that even though they had no bed and no furniture, they sat on the floor and relished the move as one of life's major successes.

Sometimes, it is easy to overlook that the most important decision in every divorce in which children are involved is what will happen with the kids. Many people say they cannot afford a divorce attorney or perhaps they currently have an amicable relationship with their estranged spouse. When children are involved, however, bringing in a legal professional to help you establish things like child custody, visitation rights and child support are crucial to the long-term health and well-being of the children. You could become the MVP of your family simply by taking steps now to ensure that your children's needs are properly taken care of for the future.

Source: Dallas Morning News, "Where was Kevin Durant’s dad?" Leonard Pitts, May. 12, 2014

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