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Beloved movie still praised over handling of divorce and custody

In the entertainment industry, the end of a relationship is often either the subject of a romantic comedy or a thriller, as the two sides either reunite or end up harming one another. However, there is one movie that is still being praised over the way it handled the subject of divorce and child custody. Though the premise of "Mrs. Doubtfire" was far-fetched at best, it is likely that many Colorado families felt that it portrayed a realistic outcome as the parents learned to work together after a divorce.

The movie, which recently marked its 25th anniversary, featured Robin Williams as a father of three who is struggling to cope with the break-up of his family. Desperate to spend more time with his children, he applies for the job of a nanny posted by his former wife, while in the disguise of an older British woman. As the movie progresses, he learns how to better relate to his children as well as receives a greater appreciation for the work involved in running a household and raising children.

Once the ruse is exposed, he initially loses all rights to see his children. However, once his role as a British nanny is picked up as a television show, his former wife sees that he has reached a deeper level of maturity and recognizes how vital his presence is in the life of his children. The movie closes with the parents deciding to allow the father regular time with his children. 

Though the movie is not a blueprint for handling a child custody dispute, it emphasizes how important each parent is to their children. It also taught audiences that divorce can be resolved in such a way that the parties involved can find a way to establish a healthy family life. Colorado residents who are struggling to resolve the issues surrounding their particular divorce may be best served by consulting with a seasoned family law attorney.

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