As a lawyer practicing family law in Kalispell and primarily handling divorce and parenting cases, I do my best to keep up to date on the literature available to my clients. Going through the divorce process or a heated parenting battling can be extremely isolating and it seems clients often feel as though no one understands what they (or their kids) are going through. Over the next several months, there are literally dozens of books being published about divorce, parenting, children and the like. There are several titles I am most excited about and I would like to share them with my readers. Joint Custody with a Jerk: Raising a Child with an Uncooperative Ex: A Hands-On, Practical Guide to Communicating with a Difficult Ex-Spouse Author: Julie Ross and Judy Corcoran Release Date: August 2, 2011 I have literally dozens of clients that have an incredibly difficult time dealing with their ex-spouse when it comes to parenting issues. While I can give some practical advice and explain their legal options, so much of this communication issue is outside of my expertise. In an ideal world, all my clients would have income sufficient to allow them to have a therapist on call. But that's not reality and most people are forced to figure out how to deal with this on their own. Ms. Ross and Ms. Corcoran's book (which is a revised edition of an already bestselling classic) is a great read for those that find themselves with an uncooperative ex and kids stuck in the middle. With a revised edition being released later this summer, this is a great late-summer read for those hoping to change things before the school year begins again! Divorce Stinks Author: Paul M. Kramer Release Date: July 16, 2011 While I find divorce titles aimed at adults incredibly helpful, children's books about divorce and coping with divorce are truly my favorite. Parents reading to their children can be incredibly beneficial and if parents are able to utilize books on the very delicate subject of divorce – all the better. According to the description for "Divorce Stinks," the book is aimed at children ages 4 to 8 and is intended to send the message that parents may divorce each other, but do not divorce their children. Though I am not entirely sold on the name of the book, it looks like Mr. Kramer may have a winner. The Ultimate Divorce Organizer Author: Laura Campbell and Lilli Vasileff Release Date: May 25, 2011 "The Ultimate Divorce Organizer" is a 160 page three-ring binder intended to help someone stay organized through the divorce process. The book covers everything from the emotional aspects of the breakdown of a relationship to gathering and keeping your financial information organized. In addition to the text, the book is literally a binder to stay organized during the process – folders and all. The book is available on Amazon.com for $29.95, which seems like a deal given the amount of time you and your attorney will spend discussing organization of your financial information. What time and money it would save if clients had already organized their information using this book!
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