Still a Family: A Guide to Good Parenting through Divorce

Still a Family: A Guide to Good Parenting through Divorce

Still a Family: A Guide to Good Parenting through Divorce

Still a Family: A Guide to Good Parenting through Divorce

Synopsis

Still a Family is a much-needed repository of wisdom and practical counsel for any family going through a divorce, a time of heightened feelings and fragile relationships. Divorce can have a devastating effect on children. Yet for families who care fully consider and manage the intricacies associated with this difficult and upsetting time, the family, as seen from the child's perspective, can remain strong, healthy, and as loving and supportive as it ever was. Still a Family clearly and concisely lays out the specific emotions and reactions parents need to anticipate from their children while going through separation, divorce, and its aftermath. Rather than weighing parents down with complicated plans, confusing information, and legal terminology, this book takes a commonsense approach, providing readers in a state of emotional distress with the practical, down-to-earth advice they need to sensibly and comfortingly guide their children through this often painful process. The book covers the most common mistakes divorcing parents tend to make, as well as addressing special issues that come up for kids of different age groups.

Excerpt

In my thirty years as a lawyer, I have represented mothers, fathers, and children in more than a thousand divorce cases and child custody proceedings. During this time I have seen a high correlation between parental conflicts and emotional problems in their children. But I have also seen many cases where parents were able to control the conflict so that the children were not involved, and in most of these cases there were no reports of the children experiencing emotional difficulties.

During these thirty years, I have read many books about divorce and its effects on parents and their children and have, in fact, authored one myself. Some of those books were written by lawyers, others by psychiatrists, and still others by psychologists. Many of the books written by lawyers focus on helping the parent or lawyer win custody. Many of those written by psychiatrists or psychologists criticize lawyers and the legal system (in part because of that unfortunate win-lose mentality), and they encourage parents to settle custody disputes rather than put children through the process of a contested divorce. Although those books may have a place in the libraries of lawyers and judges, they . . .

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