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Oct. 3 2008, Published 2:00 p.m. ET

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When Heather Locklear was arrested this weekend after driving erratically, she wasn't the only one to be affected in the incident: her daughter, 11-year-old Ava Elizabeth, from her marriage to ex Richie Sambora, is sure to face some trying times ahead.

“Heather needs to set a good example for Ava, or the effects are going to be harmful for her daughter,” relationship expert Cooper Lawrence tells OK!.

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“She needs to sit Ava down and explain to her that she’s been going through a rough time and has been really anxious and depressed. Heather needs to be aware that she can’t tell Ava, ‘Do as I say, not as I do.’ Ava needs to learn by example.”

In addition to this most recent rough patch, Ava's borne her share of tough changes for such a young girl: her parents divorced in 2006 amidst rumors of an affair between Richie and Denise Richards, her mother now has a new boyfriend in Jack Wagner, and Heather checked into a psychiatric hospital in June for anxiety and depression.

For Ava's sake, we hope Heather works things out soon!

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