Recommended Reading

Clients often ask us for book recommendations about collaborative divorce, parenting, and similar issues. Below are some books that may be helpful. The books with the checkmarks are especially recommended. Most are available at bookstores and libraries.

Collaborative Divorce

Collaborative Divorce: The Revolutionary New Way to Restructure Your Family, Resolve Legal Issues, and Move on with Your Life, by Pauline H. Tesler and Peggy Thompson (2006).

The Collaborative Way to Divorce: The Revolutionary Method that Results in Less Stress, Lower Costs, and Happier Kids—Without Going To Court, by Stuart Webb and Ron Ousky (2006).

Divorce: A Problem to be Solved, Not a Battle to be Fought, by Karen Fagenstrom et al. (1997).

Divorce Without Court: A Guide to Mediation and Collaborative Divorce, by Katherine E. Stoner (2006).

ABA Handbook for Clients (download).

IACP Collaborative Practice Knowledge Kit (download).


The Good Divorce, by Constance Ahrons (1998).

Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most, by Douglas Stone et al. (2000).

Crazy Time: Surviving Divorce and Building a New Life, by Abigail Trafford (1992).

Transitions: Making Sense of Life’s Changes, by William Bridges (2004).

Financial Custody: You, Your Money, and Divorce, by Joan Coullahan and Sue van der Linden (2001).

Getting Divorced Without Ruining Your Life: A Reasoned, Practical Guide to the Legal, Emotional and Financial Ins and Outs of Negotiating a Divorce Settlement, by Sam Margulies (1992).

Your Divorce, Your Dollars: Financial Planning Before, During, and After Divorce, Akeela Davis, 2003.


The Co-Parents’ Handbook: Raising Well-Adjusted, Resilient, and Resourceful Kids in a Two-Home Family from Little Ones to Young Adults, by Karen Bonnell and Kristin Little (2014).

Mom’s House, Dad’s House: Making Two Homes for Your Child, by Isolina Ricci (1997).

What About the Kids?: Raising Your Children Before, During, and After Divorce, by Judith Wallerstein (2003).

Building a Parenting Arrangement that Works – How to Put Your Kids First When Your Marriage Doesn’t Last, by Mimi E. Lyster (2007).

How to Talk With Your Children after Divorce, by Jill Jones-Soderman (2006).

The Truth About Children and Divorce: Dealing with Emotions So You and Your Children Can Thrive, by Robert E. Emery (2006).