Resource List

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Please note that there may be significant differences in the law and court systems in Ontario and other jurisdictions.  You should therefore only rely on legal information from Ontario and the advice of an Ontario lawyer if you are an Ontario resident. 

Websites for parents:

Websites for children:

Books for Parents:

Family courts and other ways to resolve the legal issues:

Between Love and Hate: a Guide to Civilized Divorce, Lois Gold (Plenum Press, 1992)

Choosing a Divorce Mediator:  A Guide to Help Divorcing Couples Find a Competent Mediator, Diane Neumann (Henry Holt, 1999)

Collaborative Law: Another Way to Resolve Family Disputes, Richard Sheilds, Judith Ryan & Victoria Smith (Carswell, 2003)

The Collaborative Way to Divorce, Stuart Webb (Hudson Street Press, 2006)

Divorce without Court: a Guide to Mediation and Collaborative Practise, Katherine Stoner (Nolo, 2006)

Getting Apart Together: The Couple's Guide to a Fair Divorce or Separation, Martin Kranitz (Impact Publishers, 2000)

Getting Divorced Without Ruining Your Life:  A Reasoned, Practical Guide to the Legal, Emotional and Financial Ins and Outs of Negotiating a Divorce, Sam Margulies (Fireside, 2001)

Smart Divorce: Proven Strategies and Valuable Advice from 100 Top Divorce Lawyers, Financial Advisors, Counselors and Other Experts, Deborah Moskovitch (Independent Publishers, 2007)

Tug of War:  A Judge’s Verdict on Separation, Custody Battles and the Bitter Realities of Family Court, Justice Harvey Brownstone (ECW Press, 2009)
Using Divorce Mediation: Save Your Money & Your Sanity, Katherine Stoner (Nolo, 2004)

Your Divorce Advisor:  A Lawyer and a Psychologist Guide You Through the Legal and Emotional Landscape, Diana Mercer & Marsha Kline Pruett (Simon & Schuster, 2001)

Family Law:

Canadian Family Law, 9th edition, Malcolm Kronby (John Wiley & Sons, 2006)

Surviving Your Divorce: A Guide to Canadian Family Law, Michael Cochrane (John Wiley & Sons, 2006)


Child Custody: Building Parenting Arrangements that Work, Mimi Lyster (Nolo, 2000)

Cooperative Parenting and Divorce: Shielding Your Children from Conflict, Ann Marie Termini & Susan Blyth Boyan (Active Parenting Publishers, 1999)

Does Wednesday Mean Mom's House or Dad's? Parenting Together While Living Apart, Marc Ackerman (Wiley & Sons, 1996)

The Good Divorce:  Keeping Your Family Together When Your Marriage Comes Apart, Constance Ahrons (Harper Perennial, 1995)

Helping Your Kids Cope with Divorce the Sandcastles Way, Gary Neuman (Random House, 1999)

How to Avoid the Divorce from Hell and Dance Together at Your Daughter’s Wedding, Sue Talia (Nexus, 2004)

How to Talk to Your Children about Divorce, Allison Quattrocchi (Family Mediation Centre Publishing, 2006)

Making Divorce Easier on Your Child: 50 Effective Ways to Help Children Adjust, Rex Forehand & Nicholas Long (McGraw-Hill, 2002)

Mom’s House, Dad’s House:  Making Two Homes for your Child, Isolina Ricci (Fireside, 1997)

Parenting After Divorce: a Guide to Resolving Conflicts and Meeting Your Children’s Needs, Philip Stahl (Impact Publishers, 2000)

Parenting Through Crisis: Helping Kids in Times of Loss, Grief and Change, Barbara Coloroso (Harper Resource, 2000)

Putting Children First:  a Guide for Parents Breaking Up, Christina Bartha & Hanna McDonough (University of Toronto Press, 1999)

Through the Eyes of Children:  Healing Stories for Children of Divorce, Janet Johnston (editor) (the Free Press, 1997)

Tots are Not Divorceable:  A Workbook for Divorced Parents and their Children, Sara Bonkalowski (ACTA Publications, 1999)

The Truth about Children and Divorce:  Dealing with the Emotions so You and Your Children Can Thrive, Robert Emery (Penguin Group, 2006)

What About the Kids:  Raising your Children Before, During and After Divorce, Judith Wallerstein & Sandra Blakeslee (Hyperion, 2004)

Why Did You Have to Get a Divorce? And When Can I Get a Hamster?  A Guide to Parenting Through Divorce, Anthony Wolf (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1998)


Divorce and Money: How to Make the Best Financial Decisions During Divorce, Violet Woodhouse & Dale Fetherling (Nolo, 2000)

The Divorce Organizer & Planner, Brett McWhorter Sember (McGraw Hill, 2004)

Specifically for men:

Be a Great Divorced Dad, Kenneth Condrell (St Martin’s Griffin, 1997)

The Divorced Dad’s Survival Book: How to Stay Connected with Your Kids, David Knox & Kermit Leggett (Da Capo Press, 1998)

Good Men: a Practical Handbook for Divorced Dads, Jack Feuer (Avon Books, 1997)

Specifically for women:

Divorce: A Canadian Woman’s Guide, Gail Vaz-Oxlade (Penguin, 2002)

Don’t Settle for Less: A Woman’s Guide to Getting a Fair Divorce & Custody Settlement, Beverly Pekala (Main Street Books, 1996)

Books for Children:

For 3 – 6 year olds:

Dinosaur’s Divorce, Laurene Krasny Brown & Marc Brown (Atlantic Monthly Press, 1986)

I Don’t Want to Talk About It, Jeanie Franz Ransom (Magination Press, 2000)

It’s Not Your Fault, Koko Bear, Vicki Lansky (Book Peddlers, 1998)

Let’s Talk About It: Divorce, Fred Rogers (G.P. Putman Sons, 1996)

Mom and Dad Break Up, Joan Singleton Prestine (Fearon Teacher Aids, 1996)

Mama and Daddy Bear’s Divorce, Cornelia Spelman (Albert Whitman, 1998)

My Family Is Changing: a First Look at Family Breakup, Pat Thomas (Barron’s Educational Series, 1999)

Two Homes, Claire Masurel (Candlewick, 2003)

Was it the Chocolate Pudding?  A Story for Little Kids about Divorce, Sandra Levins & Pyron Langdo (American Psychological Association, 2005)

We’re Having a Tuesday, DK Simoneau (AC Publications, 2006)

When My Parents Forgot How to be Friends, Jennifer Moore-Mallimos (Barron’s Educational Series, 2005)

For 7 – 9 year olds:

Amber Brown Goes Fourth, Paula Danziger (Little Apple, 1996)

The Case of the Scary Divorce, Carl Pickhardt (Magination Press, 1997)

Dear Mr. Henshaw, Beverly Cleary (Avon, 1994)

The Divorce Helpbook for Kids, Cynthia MacGregor (Impact Publishers, 2001)

Divorced but Still My Parents:  a Helping Book about Divorce for Children and Parents, Shirley Thomas & Dorothy Rankin (Atlasbooks, 1997)

Ginny Morris and Mom's House, Dad's House, Mary Collins Gallagher (Magination Press, 2005)

Megan’s Two Houses, Erica Jong (Dove Kids, 1996)

Mom’s House, Dad’s House for Kids: How to feel at home, Isolina Ricci (Fireside Books, 2006)

My Life Turned Upside Down, But I Turned it Rightside Up, Hennie Share (Child Works Child Play, 1994)

Priscilla Twice, Judith Caseley (Greenwillow Books, 1995)

The Suitcase Kid, Jacqueline Wilson (Corgi, 2001)

When Mom and Dad Separate, Marge Eaton Heegaard (Woodland Press, 1990)

For 10 – 13 year olds:

Billie’s World, Kim Grossman Finkel (My Journey Books, 2005)

The Bright Side: Surviving Your Parents' Divorce, Max Sindell (HCI, 2007)

The Divorce Helpbook for Teens, Cynthia MacGregor (Impact Publishers, 2004)

Divorce is Not the End of the World: Zoe’s and Evan’s Coping Guide for Kids, Zoe & Evan Stern (Tricycle Press, 1997)

Don't Fall Apart on Saturdays! The Children's Divorce-Survival Book, Adolph Moser & David Melton (Landmark Editions, 2000)

Ginny Morris and Mom's House, Dad's House, Mary Collins Gallagher (Magination Press, 2005)

It’s Not the End of the World, Judy Blume (Bradbury Press, 1972)

The Kids’ Book of Divorce: By, For and About Kids, Eric Rofes (editor) (Vintage Books, 1982)

My Parents are Divorced Too: a Book for Kids by Kids (2nd ed), Melanie, Annie & Steven Ford & Jann Blackstone-Ford (Magination, 2006)

Pickles and Peanuts, Martha Ivery (Press Tige, 1996)

The Suitcase Kid, Jacqueline Wilson (Corgi, 2001)

Surviving Your Parents’ Divorce: a Guide for Young Canadians, Michael Cochrane (Wiley & Sons, 1999)

What in the World Do You Do When Your Parents Divorce? A Survival Guide for Kids, Kent Winchester (Free Press Publications, 2001)

When Your Parents Split Up…How to Keep Yourself Together, Alys Swan-Jackson (Price, Stern, Sloan, 1999)

Will Dad Ever Move Back Home?  Paula Hogen (Raintree Steck-Vaughn, 1995)

For Teenagers:

The Divorce Helpbook for Teens, Cynthia MacGregor (Impact Publishers, 2004)

The Divorce Workbook for Teens: Activities to Help You Move Beyond the Break Up), Lisa Schab (Instant Help Books, 2008)

How it Feels When Parents Divorce, Jill Kremetz (Knopf, 1988)

How to Survive Your Parents’ Divorce, Gayle Kimball (Equality Press, 1994)

No Easy Answers:  a Teen Guide to Why Divorce Happens, Florence Calhoun (Rosen Publishers, 2000)

Taking Good Care of Yourself: For Teens Going Through Separation and Divorce, Risa Garon (Children of Separation and Divorce Centre, 1994)

When Divorce Hits Home: Keeping Yourself Together When Your Family Comes Apart, Beth Joselow (AuthorHouse, 2000)

Why Me?  A Teen Guide to Divorce and Your Feelings, Rachel Aydt (Rosen Publishing, 2000)