Suggested Reading

1.Crazy Time: Surviving Divorce and Building a New Life, Revised Edition

by Abigail Trafford

Thoroughly revised and updated for a new generation, this book is the essential guide for men and women to help them weather the turmoil of divorce and build rich, rewarding lives. There is nothing easy about the breakup of a marriage. Some of the challenges include coping with loss and failure to dealing with the uncertainty of the future. In this intelligent and insightful book, Abigail Trafford charts this emotional journey, identifying the common phases in the evolution from marriage to separation to divorce and eventually to a new life.

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2. How to Avoid the Divorce from Hell*: *and Dance Together at Your Daughter’s Wedding

by M. Sue Talia

Most people start their divorce with the hope that it will be amicable, or at least not a war zone. Many of them are then presented with an unexpected circumstance and find themselves in the middle of Armageddon with no idea how they got there. This book is designed to raise the red flags to alert them when they may be heading down a path inconsistent with their goal of divorcing with dignity, and to provide them with the tools they need to stay in control of the process and keep on track.

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3.What Every Woman Should Know About Divorce and Custody (Rev): Judges, Lawyers, and Therapists Share Winning Strategies on How to Keep the Kids, the Cash, and Your Sanity

by Gayle Rosenwald Smith, J.D., and Sally Abrahms

Women are still discovering—the hard way—just how difficult and unpredictable child custody cases can be. The first and most comprehensive book of its kind, this is a complete insider’s guide filled with crucial advice from judges, lawyers, therapists, and mothers who have experienced this challenging legal process. It is designed for women at every stage of divorce and covers a wide range of legal strategies as well as financial and psychological issues. This updated edition describes how to use technology advantageously and pitfalls to avoid, as well as changes in interstate custody laws and essential topics such as:

  • Choosing a lawyer
  • What to expect before and in court
  • Blended families
  • Domestic violence risk factors for women
  • What makes a custody agreement good or bad
  • Dealing with your emotions
  • Parental kidnapping cases
  • An appendix of recommended reading

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4. Second Chances: Men, Women, and Children a Decade After Divorce: Who Wins and Who Loses 2nd and Why

by Judith S. Wallerstein

In 1971, Dr. Judith Wallerstein embarked upon a study of 60 middle-class families in the midst of divorce. She noted their frustrations, fears, and disappointments as well as their hopes, triumphs, and new beginnings. Here is her 10-year study that reveals what happens during, after, and long after divorce.

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5. Mom’s House Dad’s House( A Complete Guide for Parents Who Are Separated Divorced or Living Apart)

by Isolina Ricci, Ph.D.

Isolina Ricci’s book may not have started the concept of joint custody and shared parenting, but it put it on the map. This is a classic, and it’s still valid today.

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6.Divorce for Dummies

by John Ventura & Mary Reed

Since Divorce For Dummies, 2nd Edition, published in 2005, there have been considerable changes in collaborative divorces, common law marriages, same sex marriages, visitation, and even custody laws (from children to pets). Divorce For Dummies, 3rd Edition includes 25 percent new, revised, and refreshed material covering all of the above.

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7. Divorce & Money: How to Make the Best Financial Decisions During Divorce (Divorce and Money)

by Violet Woodhouse

Major financial decisions are often overwhelming, but they can feel downright impossible when you’re in the midst of a divorce. Turn to Divorce & Money, the acclaimed guide that translates complex financial concepts into plain language. Learn to divide assets during your divorce, and avoid making financial mistakes that could affect you for the rest of your life.

  • Create a cash flow statement using your income and expenses.
  • Learn how to uncover your spouse’s financial information.
  • Determine the value of real estate, retirement accounts, and other assets.
  • Decide whether to keep or sell the house.
  • Understand how child support and alimony are calculated.
  • Divide your property and debts fairly.
  • Negotiate a comprehensive settlement.
  • Achieve financial stability after divorce.
  • Learn when and how to talk to a professional (attorney, tax adviser, or appraiser).

The 12th edition is updated with the latest tax figures and information about retirement benefits.

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8. Divorce : The Best Resources To Help You Survive (2nd Edition) (Lifecycles Series)

by Rich Wemhoff, Ph.D.

This essential resource identifies and reviews the best resources to help adults cope with the challenge of divorce.  Divorce: The Best Resources To Help You Survive, developed in partnership with Rich Wemhoff, Ph.D. (Editor), provides a pathway for consumers interested in self-help resources.

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9. Your Pocket Divorce Guide

by Linda C. Senn

Your Pocket Divorce Guide provides practical information on preparing for separation and finding an attorney and a divorce mediator. Additionally it includes explanations about maintenance, child support, and starting new life as a single. An especially valuable chapter explains the legal process of divorce in straight forward English. Author Linda C. Senn has also included a full, somewhat simplified Glossary of Legal Terminology often used in divorce. Therapists, attorneys, and divorce mediators around the country recommend this book to their clients. And the super stressed reader will appreciate the concise presentation which packs all of that into 106 pages!

New! This 2nd edition includes a new appendix: “The Forgotten Ones: Your Adult Children and Your Divorce.” Traditionally, society has assumed that those offspring already have “their own lives” and won’t be strongly affected by their parents’ split. Nothing could be further from the truth! This powerful new appendix helps both the parents and the formerly “forgotten ones” navigate that bumpy path with honesty, wisdom, and love.

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10. 101 Ways To Be a Long-Distance Super Dad or Mom, Too!

By George Newman

101 Ways To Be A Long–Distance SUPER DAD or MOM, Too! offers helpful, practical tips for parents who live or work in one place, and whose children live in another. While divorce can geographically separate a mom or dad from a child, so can military service or a job requiring travel. This book can help parents remain an important part of their children’s lives. Now in its 14th printing, this book is a must-read for parents who want to keep in close contact with their children but find it difficult to overcome the barriers posed by distance. Award-winning journalist George Newman draws on his experience as a divorced father, sharing valuable tips for enriching the parent-child relationship, even during physical separation.

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