I am a college professor at a Catholic University in the South, who, in a previous life as a Family Law Attorney for 22 years, worked several hundred cases in which kids were the central issue of the case. Prior to practicing Family Law, I worked counseling emotionally disturbed children for 10 years. In short, with all false modesty aside, I have personally seen, from the inner sanctum, what works and what does not work with co-parenting children through a divorce. This book works. This books supplies the tools. Chapter 7 alone (Decision Making) is worth the price of the text. If you are involved in the Family Law legal system, read this book- this includes not only parents, but attorneys, social workers, psychologists, and , yes, judges.
Given what I now know, I wish I read this before finalizing the divorce. There are many useful tools in this book that will help all dividing families. It offers a layman's perspective on the process while also offering real-world advice.
As a Parent Coordinator who works with divorcing couples who need assistance in managing the demands of a two-parent household, scheduling, and all of the potential complications that they must face as parents, this is an excellent guide for parent to work together in a positive, "mindful" manner. No parent leaves my office following initial intake without a copy of this book in their hand. The authors have done an excellent job in providing useful information in a manner that is user-friendly. A must read!
The authors are able to validate the difficulty parents experience negotiating the trauma and grief of divorce while motivating them to be child centered in their actions. Written for all reading levels and socioeconomic groups this book has a wealth of information provided in a simple, straightforward manner. I especially found the aspect of evaluating the conflict level and recommending communication based on the conflict level to be very useful.