Suggested Readings and Resources

Books Dealing with Separation & Divorce

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Suggested Reading for Adults

Surviving The Breakup: How Children And Parents Cope With Divorce

Mom’s House, Dad’s House for Kids: Feeling at Home in One Home or Two

The Truth About Children and Divorce: Dealing with the Emotions So You and Your Children Can Thrive

What About the Kids?: Raising Your Children Before, During, and After Divorce

Between Two Worlds: The Inner Lives of Children of Divorce

Emotional Life of the Toddler

In the Name of the Child

Emotional Infidelity:How To Affair Proof Your Marriage

“When Dad Hurts Mom: Helping your Children Heal the Wounds of Witnessing Abuse (by Lundy Bancroft)

“Why Does He Do That? Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling Men” (by Lundy Bancroft)

“The Batterer as Parent: Addressing the Impact of Violence on Family Dynamics” (by Lundy Bancroft, Jay Silverman & Daniel Ritchie)

“Helping Children Heal the Wounds of Witnessing Abuse” (by Lundy Bancroft)

“Should I Stay or Should I go?” (by Lundy Bancroft & Jac Patrissi)

“Not Your Mother’s Divorce: A Practical, Girlfriend-to-Girlfriend Guide to Surviving the End of a Young Marriage” (by Kay Moffett, Sarah Touburg)

“Family and Friends’ Guide to Domestic Violence: How to Listen, Talk and Take Action When Someone You Care About is Being Abused” (by Elaine Weiss)

“How To Spot a Dangerous Man Before You Get Involved” (by Sandra L. Brown, M.A.)

“Women and Money: Owning the Power to Control Your Own Destiny” (by Suze Ormond)

Splitting.  Protecting Yourself While Divorcing Someone with Borderline or Narcissistic Personality Disorder.

Suggested Reading for Children

“Helping Your Kids Cope with Divorce the Sandcastles Way” (by M. Gary Neuman)

“Dinosaurs Divorce! A Guide for Changing Families” (by Marc Brown, Laurie Krasny Brown)

“I’m Gonna Like Me: Letting Off a Little Self-Esteem” (by Jamie Lee Curtis, Laura Cornell)

Additional Resources:

Little Children Big Challenges: Sesame Street talks divorce.  A fantastic resource for young children which includes videos, songs, interactive lessons and more.  Highly recommended.

Family Wizard, an online calendar specifically for divorced parents.  This site allows you to set up a calendar for your children that includes parenting times, school functions, doctor appointments, etc. as well as leave messages for your ex and post documents.  Access can be given to both parents, grandparents, care providers or whomever you feel need it so good communication is established without direct contact.  There is even a mobile app for your phone.  This site does have a charge associated with it so check out the details at

Share Kids is another online, secure, co-parenting assistant for divorced or separated parents.  Like Family Wizard, it has a variety of functions that help you communicate with your ex and keeps schedules clear between you.  This site also has a fee but for less then a dollar a day it can make your life simpler and more peaceful.

Google Calendar (or any of the search engine calendars) can be used to co-parent.  They are free but do not have the advantage of being able to post documents or send messages and are not as secure.

Friend of the Court Online Handbook: This handbook describes the procedures available to all Friend of the Court offices to enforce the court’s orders and the process available to Michigan Citizens for providing input into the operations of the Friend of the Court. (

Domestic Violence Benchbook: MI’s Domestic Violence Benchbook is an integrated resource that addresses Michigan law governing domestic violence in the three courtroom contexts where it is most likely to be at issue.

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