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There are several books that are available on separation and divorce. They include:

  • Divorce Poison : How to Protect Your Family from Badmouthing and Brainwashing by Richard A. Warshak
  • Spiritual Divorce : Divorce as a Catalyst for an Extraordinary Life by Debbie Ford
  • Truth About Children and Divorce : Dealing with the Emotions So You and Your Children Can Thrive by Dr Robert E Emery PhD
  • What in the World Do You Do When Your Parents Divorce? : A Survival Guide for Kids by Kent Winchester and Roberta Beyer
  • Divorce is Not the End of the World : Zoe’s and Evan’s Coping Guide for Kids by Zoe Stern and Evan Stern
  • Divorcing a Narcissist : One Mom’s Battle by Tina Marie Swithin
  • Helping Your Kids Cope with Divorce by M. Gary Neuman
  • Chicken Soup for the Soul: Divorce and Recovery : 101 Stories about Surviving and Thriving After Divorce by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, and Patty Hansen
  • When Mom and Dad Divorce: : An Elf-Help Book for Kids by Emily Menendez-Aponte
  • When Your Relationship Ends by Bruce Fisher
  • The Grief Recovery Handbook: (20th Anniversary Edition) : The Action Program for Moving Beyond Death, Divorce, and Other Losses by John W. James
  • The Divorce Workbook for Children : Help for Kids to Overcome Difficult Family Changes and Grow Up Happy by Lisa M. Schab
  • Helping Children Cope with Divorce by Edward Teyber
  • Splitting : Protecting Yourself While Divorcing Someone with Borderline or Narcissistic Personality Disorder by Randi Kreger, and Bill Eddy
  • The Essential Guide to Children and Separation : Surviving Divorce and Family Break-Up by Jennifer Croly

Research Papers

There are also research papers available:

  • Federal Magistrate Robyn Sexton’s paper on parenting arrangements for the 0 – 4 year age group can be found here. This paper suggests guidelines that can be used to work through the difficult questions which arise in cases involving the 0 – 4 age group, and an attempt to provide a practical approach to working out what is best for that child.   
  • Post-separation parenting arrangements and developmental outcomes for infants and children prepared by Jennifer McIntosh (a clinical child psychologist, family therapist, and research consultant), Bruce Smyth, Margaret Kelaher, Yvonne Wells, and Caroline Long in 2010 includes two studies on school-aged children in high conflict separation, and overnight care patterns and psycho-emotional development in infants and young children.  The paper can be read here.
  • Attachment Theory and Family Violence: a judicial perspective is a Conference Paper presented in 2012 by The Hon. Justice Steven Strickland, judge of the Appeal Division and Chair, Law Reform Committee, Family Court of Australia. The focus of the paper is on recent reforms to private family law in Australia, which are designed to protect children from harm, particularly harm occasioned by family violence, abuse and high-level parental conflict. The paper can be read here.
  • The Family Court and Family Violence is a Conference Paper presented in 2012 by The Hon Diana Bryant AO, Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia. The paper can be read here.
  • Contact Services in Australia Research and Evaluation Project prepared for Legal Aid and Family Services, Attorney General’s Dept., Canberra can be found here.
  • Parental separation and overnight care of young children, Part I: Consensus through Theoretical and Empirical Integration by Marsha Kline Pruett, Jennifer E. McIntosh and Joan B. Kelly can be read here.
  • Parental separation and overnight care of young children, Part II: Putting theory into practice by Marsha Kline Pruett, Jennifer E. McIntosh and Joan B. Kelly can be read here.
  • Overnight care patterns following parental separation: Associations with emotion regulation in infants and young children by McIntosh, J.E., Smyth, B., Kelaher, M. can be read here.
  • Post-separation parenting, property and relationship dynamics after five years by Lixia Qu, Ruth Weston, Lawrie Moloney, Rae Kaspiew and Jessie Dunstan can be read here.

Other great reports and journal articles can be found here.


Other articles you may find useful include: