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The Best Interests of Children: an Evidence-Based Approach. Paul Millar, $24.95

The best interest of the child is an overriding principle in all matters of family law, especially in child custody cases. The Best Interests of Children links social theory with survey data to establish much-needed parameters for determining a child's best interest. It provides important criteria for determining the best interest of the child and concludes that the role of law in the lives of children must be to preserve their connections with those that love them.


Children of Divorce: Stories of Loss and Growth. John Harvey & Mike Fine, $42.95

Challenging the contention that most children will be irretrievably hurt by their parents' divorce, Children of Divorce clearly demonstrates the strength and resilience many have learned in dealing with a divorce in the family. Featuring excerpts of essays collected from over one thousand young adults, this book frames the narratives with an analysis of the most recent divorce literature, allowing the authors to provide readers with a greater and more vivid understanding of the long-term effects of divorce.

An ideal supplement for courses on divorce, family studies, close relationships, and loss and trauma taught in human development and family studies, and clinical, counseling, and social psychology, as well as communication, social work, and sociology, these engaging stories also appeal to practitioners and those interested in the effects of divorce in general.


Collaborative Divorce Handbook: Helping Families without Going to Court. Forrest Mosten, $90.00

The Collaborative Divorce Handbook is the definitive practical resource for the burgeoning collaborative divorce movement. Up-to-date and accessible, the book is designed to give an explanation and overview of the models of collaborative divorce practice, put these models into context with other dispute resolution options, and provide readers with basic skills, practice tools, and strategies to either make an informed choice about becoming a collaborative professional (either exclusively or in tandem with other professional services) or increase the profitability of an established collaborative practice.

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Cory Helps Kids Cope with Divorce: Playful Therapeutic Activities for Young Children. Liana Lowenstein, $19.95

Using engaging activities and a storyline about a young child named Cory, this book is designed to help very young children cope with the challenges of family separation and divorce.


Creative Interventions for Children of Divorce. Liana Lowensiten, $31.95

An innovative collection of therapeutic games, art techniques, and stories to help children of divorce express feelings, understand marriage and divorce, deal with loyalty binds, parental conflict, and reunification fantasies, address self-blame, and learn coping strategies. Includes tips for parents, and a ten-week group counseling curriculum. For ages 7-12 in individual, group, and family therapy.


Diverse Divorce: 18 Situation Stories for Use with Children of Divorce, Grades 1 to 8. Lisa Lawmaster Hess, $24.95

Diverse Divorce is a compilation of stories about divorce and separation. Each story features a different child adjusting to a changing family and coping with the feelings that go along with these changes. Appropriate for use in individual or group counseling.

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Divorce: Causes and Consequences. Alison Clarke Stewart & Cornelia Brentano, $23.50

This comprehensive book provides a balanced overview of the current research on divorce. The authors examine the scientific evidence to uncover what can be said with certainty about divorce and what remains to be learned about this socially and politically charged issue. Accessible to parents and teachers as well as clinicians and researchers, the volume examines the impact of marital breakup on children, adults, and society.


The Divorce Workbook for Children: Help for Kids to Overcome Difficult Family Changes and Grow up Happy. Lisa Schab, $34.95

These 40 sensitively written activities will help kids cope better with their parents' separation and divorce. The activities address such issues as coping with feelings, staying out of the middle of parental problems, reacting to a parent who begins to date again, and much more. These activities can be done on their own or as part of a therapy program, and are appropriate for kids between the ages of six and twelve.


Divorced Fathers: Children's Needs and Parental Responsibilities. Edward Kruk, $17.95

Once mainly breadwinners and disciplinarians, fathers are becoming increasingly involved and invested in their children's lives. Edward Kruk examines how this changing role has affected fathers' experiences of divorce and the loss of children that too often follows. This book offers a glimpse into the emotional loss that fathers suffer and their perspectives on what is best for their children in the divorce transition. Ultimately, Kruk argues, children benefit most from the love and support of both parents, and we need to ensure that fathers continue to play a meaningful parenting role after divorce.

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The Equal Parenting Presumption: Social Justice in the Legal Determination of Parenting after Divorce. Edward Kruk, $29.95

A consensus is beginning to emerge that it is vitally important that children maintain meaningful relationships with both parents after divorce. In THE EQUAL PARENTING PRESUMPTION, Edward Kruk proposes a child-focused approach based on a standard that considers the best interests of the child from the perspective of the child and a responsibility-to-needs orientation to social justice for children and families. Challenging previous research and received ideas, Kruk presents an evidence-based framework of equal parental responsibility as the most effective means of ensuring the protection of family relationships following divorce, and shielding children from ongoing parental conflict and family violence. 

The existing system of determining parental rights and responsibilities is harming families. THE EQUAL PARENTING PRESUMPTION addresses a major barrier to the principle of gender equality in parenting after divorce, and proposes a viable alternative to sole custody in the form of a legal presumption of shared and equal parenting.


Getting Through My Parents' Divorce: a Workbook for Children Coping with Divorce, Parental Alienation, and Loyalty Conflicts. Amy Baker & Katherine Andre, $24.95

Divorce is never easy. But for kids who have parents in conflict with one another, or where one parent is so hostile that he or she is actively trying to undermine the kidsí relationship with the other parent, divorce can be unbearable. This workbook is designed especially for kids, and includes helpful tips and exercises to help them deal with the negative impact of custody disputes, understand and identify their feelings, learn to cope with stress and other complex emotions, and feel secure.

Written by two leading experts in child psychology, this easy-to-use workbook includes a number of helpful suggestions to guide children though a number of possible scenarios, such as what to do if one parent says mean and untrue things about the other parent; what to do if a parent asks them to keep secrets from another parent.

If you have or know a child that is dealing with a difficult divorce, this workbook will give them the tools needed to move past loyalty conflicts and the difficult emotions that can arise when parents donít get along.


Giving Children a Voice: a Step-by-Step Guide to Promoting Child-Centered Practice. Sam Frankel, $25.95

How do you ensure that children's voices and ideas are heard and valued in relation to the settings that form part of their everyday lives?

Presenting an easy to adopt step-by-step framework, this book argues in favour of children's potential to advocate for themselves, in contrast to the current model in which adults take full control and advocate on the child's behalf. By honouring and harnessing the involvement and contributions of children, social workers and education professionals will be able to improve their daily practice and positively transform key spaces within society to create environments where children experience a sense of belonging and purpose, full of potential benefits for both adults and children. Practical at its core, the book has wide applications, from examining the place of children in legal matters, such as divorce, through to the child's engagement in decisions about their education. International case studies reveal how the model works in practice and encourages children's voices and their participation.

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The Handbook of Family Dispute Resolution: Mediation Theory and Practice. Alison Taylor, $71.99

No matter your profession (attorney, clinician, family therapist) or skill level, The Handbook of Family Dispute Resolution is an invaluable resource that outlines the most effective mediation approaches, techniques, and skills. This is a practical and comprehensive guide that includes:

  • A review of professional ethics and standards
  •  Information about cultural issues that affect families during mediation
  •  Highlights of key legal and negotiation skills
  •  Guidelines for understanding complex family dynamics and conflicts
  •  A screening tool for evaluating domestic violence
  •  A matrix for starting discussions of parenting plans based on children's needs
  •  Direction for assessing one's professional approach to family mediation

Marital Conflict and Children: an Emotional Security Perspective. Mark Cummings & Patrick Davies, $44.50

From leading researchers, this book presents important advances in understanding how growing up in a discordant family affects child adjustment, the factors that make certain children more vulnerable than others, and what can be done to help. The volume presents a new conceptual framework that draws on current knowledge about family processes; parenting; attachment; and children's emotional, physiological, cognitive, and behavioral development. Innovative research methods are explained and promising directions for clinical practice with children and families are discussed.


Mothers on Trial: the Battle for Children and Custody. Phyllis Chesler, $20.95

Completely updated and revised for the twenty-first century, Mothers on Trial remains the bible for all women facing a custody battle, as well as the lawyers, psychologists, and others who support them. The highly praised Mothers on Trial is essential reading for anyone concerned personally or professionally with custody rights and the well-being of our children.

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Tug of War: a Judge’s Verdict on Separation, Custody Battles and the Bitter Realities of Family Court. Justice Harvey Brownstone, $19.95

A thoughtful book, based on years of observation and experience in family court, Tug of War brings tremendous insight into the nature and the impact of family conflict.


Working with Alienated Children and Families: a Clinical Guidebook. Amy Baker & S. Richard Sauber, Editors, $51.50

No matter how the professional intersects with families affected by alienation, be it through individual treatment, reunification therapy, a school setting, or support groups, he or she needs to consider how to make proper assessments, how to guard against bias, and when and how to involve the court system, among other challenges.

The cutting edge clinical interventions presented in this book will help professionals answer these questions and help them to help their clients. The authors present a range of clinical options such as parent education, psycho-educational programs for children, and reunification programs for children and parents that make this volume a useful reference and practical guide.

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Complete Booklist

The Best Interests of Children: an Evidence-Based Approach. Paul Millar, $24.95

Children of Divorce: Stories of Loss and Growth. John Harvey & Mike Fine, $42.95

Collaborative Divorce Handbook: Helping Families without Going to Court. Forrest Mosten, $90.00

Cory Helps Kids Cope with Divorce: Playful Therapeutic Activities for Young Children. Liana Lowenstein, $19.95

Creative Interventions for Children of Divorce. Liana Lowenstein, $31.95

Diverse Divorce: 18 Situation Stories for Use with Children of Divorce, Grades 1 to 8. Lisa Lawmaster Hess, $24.95

Divorce: Causes and Consequences. Alison Clarke Stewart & Cornelia Brentano, $23.50

The Divorce Workbook for Children: Help for Kids to Overcome Difficult Family Changes and Grow up Happy. Lisa Schab, $34.95

Divorced Fathers: Children's Needs and Parental Responsibilities. Edward Kruk, $17.95

The Equal Parenting Presumption: Social Justice in the Legal Determination of Parenting after Divorce. Edward Kruk, $29.95

Getting Through My Parents' Divorce: a Workbook for Children Coping with Divorce, Parental Alienation, and Loyalty Conflicts. Amy Baker & Katherine Andre, $24.95

Giving Children a Voice: a Step-by-Step Guide to Promoting Child-Centered Practice. Sam Frankel, $25.95

The Handbook of Family Dispute Resolution: Mediation Theory and Practice. Alison Taylor, $71.99

Marital Conflict and Children: an Emotional Security Perspective. Mark Cummings & Patrick Davies, $44.50

Mothers on Trial: the Battle for Children and Custody. Phyllis Chesler, $20.95

Tug of War: a Judge's Verdict on Separation, Custody Battles and the Bitter Realities of Family Court. Justice Harvey Brownstone, $19.95

Working with Alienated Children and Families: a Clinical Guidebook. Amy Baker & S. Richard Sauber, Editors, $51.50

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