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Divorce Survival

Crazy Time; Surviving Divorce and Building a New Life, Abigail Trafford

Harper Perennial publishers. A personal road map for people going through divorce. It presents a step-by-step guide to understanding the predictable emotional passages of men and women after marriage ends.

Between Love and Hate: A Guide to Civilized Divorce

Lois Gold, PLUME Penguin Book, 1995. Addresses legal, financial, and emotional issues during and after the divorcing process. Helps parents improve communication and utilize effective negotiation and conflict resolution skills to avoid legal battles.

Healthy Divorce

Craig Everett and Sandra Volgy, Jossey-Bass, Inc. Healthy Divorce explores ways of confronting such tough issues as how to tell your children you are getting a divorce; how to plan a separation; and how to cope with your feelings of anger, grief, and abandonment. The authors offer practical advice on using mediation as an alternative to the adversarial court battle; co-parenting to maintain stability for the children after the divorce; and organizing and structuring a happy blended family.

Getting Divorced Without Ruining Your Life

Sam Marquiles, Ph.D., J.D., Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group. In this guide, now updated with vital information on changes in divorce law and norms, Margulies covers the legal, financial, and emotional realities of divorce. He takes readers through every step, from making the initial decision to finalizing the agreement, including: Why mediation is now the preferred way to divorce; How to avoid the conflicts that often occur after the divorce is over; How to negotiate successfully even when you are angry; How to manage step-family conflict in the aftermath of divorce.

For Better or For Worse: Divorce Reconsidered

Mavis E. Hetherington, and John Kelly, W. W. Norton & Company; 2003. A balanced picture of divorce based on solid research of 1400 families. Presents a nuanced picture of divorce and its squeal—single parenthood, step families, remarriage, etc. Looks types of families that divorce through the life process after divorce. Presents a slightly optimistic view.