Conscious Uncoupling: 5 Steps to Living Happily Even After by Katherine Woodward Thomas. We enter our romantic relationships with great love, hope, and excitement so we plan and forge our futures together. But sometimes, for many different reasons, relationships come undone; they don’t work out. Commonly, we view this as a personal failure, rather than an opportunity. And instead of honoring what we once meant to each other, we hoard bitterness and anger, stewing in shame and resentment. Sometimes even lashing out in destructive and hurtful ways, despite the fact that we’re good people at heart. That’s natural: we’re almost biologically primed to respond this way. Yet there is another path to the end of a relationship–one filled with mutual respect, kindness, and deep caring.
Collaborative Divorce Handbook: Helping Families Without Going to Court by Forrest S.. Mosten. Written by one of the innovative thinkers in the field, Collaborative Divorce Handbook is a treasure of information for all professionals interested in collaborative divorce. Easy to read, expansive, and chock-full of resources, it is bound to become a classic. Collaborative lawyering is a promising new way of resolving disputes through joint problem solving rather than adversary litigation that has particular appeal for divorce cases. Whether you are a client who seeks to learn more about it or a lawyer using it who desires a wise guiding hand, this book is an invaluable resource.
Collaborative Practice: Deepening the Dialogue by Nancy Cameron is the road map for family lawyers making the journey from traditional litigation to collaborative practice. A leader in the collaborative law movement, Nancy Cameron has written an essential resource for professionals who are practicing in or who are making the change to collaborative family practice. In a thoughtful, humourous, and concise manner, Nancy Cameron scrutinizes the landscape of traditional litigation-based family practice, and provides guidance on how to rethink personal and professional values, to develop the new skills required in a collaborative practice, and to set up an interdisciplinary collaborative family practice.
Mindful Co-parenting: A Child-Friendly Path through Divorce by Gaies, Psy.D., Jeremy S. and Morris, Jr., Ph.D., James B. Mindful Co-Parenting provides divorced parents a practical way through the process that protects their children. In this compact, step-by-step guide, written in a supportive yet direct style, clinical psychologists Jeremy S. Gaies and James B. Morris Jr., identify what matters most to kids and describe the importance of parents being mindful of their children’s needs and wants. Starting with the question of whether or not divorce is the best option for your family, the book walks you through the process, from choosing the most child-friendly divorce proceedings, to navigating co-parenting after the papers are signed.
The Collaborative Way to Divorce: The Revolutionary Method That Results in Less Stress, Lower Costs and Happier Kids Without Court by Stuart Webb and Ron Ousky. Stressing cooperation over confrontation and resolution over revenge, Collaborative divorce is a nationally acclaimed approach that is transforming how couples divide their assets and reinvent their post-divorce relationships, particularly when they share custody of children. Based on the concept that both spouses hire legal representation yet agree to resolve their differences without going to court, Collaborative divorce is generally less expensive and quicker than litigation, gives the couple greater control over the outcome of their divorce, and keeps children out of the controversy. Clear, compassionate, and comprehensive.