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By the time you are thinking about divorce you either want one or you’ve just learned your marriage is over. This is often the start of an uphill battle that leaves most people in financial and emotional ruin. Well, not if you Divorce Smart.
With one in three marriages now ending in divorce, it is imperative to be informed of the long-term challenges involved in divorce and separation. This book is a step-by-step guide to navigating the legal paper work, child care planning and financial security issues you will face during and after divorce. Divorce Smart gives the reader clear, concise information on maintenance, property, health care, pension funds and investments, ensuring that women are empowered to secure their home, keep as much wealth as possible and provide for their children well beyond the end of this marriage.
Whether you are married in community of property, traditionally or in a same-sex civil union there is always a way to Divorce Smart.
The author will empower you to contain your children's anxiety and feelings of insecurity and to re-establish a measure of equilibrium as effectively as possible.
Using loads of case studies from her extensive files, Anne highlights the following:
This title deals with emotionally difficult issues in a clear, anecdotal manner, and has an over-riding theme of positivity. There is a strong message of hope and reconciliation with the emphasis on the power of choice and the importance of mind-set change in order to move on.
In 1990 two South African mothers were faced with an impossible choice, one that no mother should ever have to make. Should they surrender the child they had lovingly raised in order to get back the baby they had given birth to?
Megs Clinton-Parker and Sandy Dawkins chose nurture over nature, simply unable to give up their two-year-old sons who were switched at birth at an East Rand hospital. Instead they decided to try to make their strange relationship work, although they lived in different cities, 500km apart. And they decided to sue the South African state, whose negligence had altered the fates of two families forever. Robin Dawkins and Gavin Clinton-Parker grew up living each other’s lives, brothers-but-not-brothers, acutely aware that their mothers’ hearts were torn.
Unable to escape the consequences of the swap, Robin decided at the age of 15 that it was time to claim what was rightfully his, adding a further twist to this bitter saga.
Freedom at last! The world of singledom, independence and wild abandon beckons! But if you're going to last out there on your own you'll need survival skills: Prepare yourself for: The heady joy of having the whole bed to yourself. Reassure yourself: If your marriage lasted more than 24 hours, you can tell yourself you made a decent go of it. This mischievous little book will help to see you through your divorce with tongue-in-cheek advice and hilarious illustrations.
Die skrywer, 'n raadgewer, bemagtig jou danksy jare se praktiese ervaring om jou kinders se angstigheid en gevoelens van onsekerheid te beperk en so doeltreffend moontlik die ewewig in jou gesin te hervestig. Sy gee praktiese riglyne oor die volgende aan die hand van talle gevallestudies uit haar omvangryke leers: Hoe, wanneer en waar om jou kinders op 'n ouderdomsgepaste en eerlike manier in te lig; Emosionele ondersteuning vir jou as ouer; Hoe om aktief te luister, woede te hanteer en duidelike, ferm en konsekwente grense daar te stel; Die regsaspekte van die nuwe Kinderwet wat die beste belange van die kind beklemtoon; Ooreenkomste vir gesamentlike ouerskap; Voortgesette verhoudings met uitgebreide familie en hoe om nuwe lewensmaats bekend te stel; Raad aan stiefouers en ouers wat nooit voor die skeiding getroud was nie.
'A tale of loss and hope, of strength drawn from truly inhabiting the moment.' - Raynor Winn, author of The Salt Path Shattered when her 25-year marriage comes to an abrupt and painful end, writer Mary Jane Grant runs away to London to immerse herself in any reality but her own. Reeling from the shock and loss of her marriage and the life she's known, she begins to discover that if she can just focus on the moment, take notice of the people, the sights and smells around her, that her pain and grief start to recede. From the bustling cafes of Camden and the pastel-coloured streets of Primrose Hill, to the sun soaked vineyards of the south of France, her journey leads her to rich new experiences that she could never have imagined in her old life. Real connections are made, she lets go of the things she no longer needs, and takes pleasure in the good, generous and beautiful parts of life that she encounters every day. Beautifully and succinctly told, this is a story about what happens when you embrace life, whatever it may bring, with surprising - and joyful - results. While the tea steeped, I split open the muffin and slathered butter across the warm, crumbly surface. I watched the butter melt. I took a bite. Memories of my grandmother's kitchen came back. I cradled the smooth white cup in my hand, ran my fingers over the uneven top of the time-worn wooden table. I looked around the place and watched people. Time passed. I realised that it was an hour since I first saw the sign telling me to smell the tea. And, all this time I had been possessed of neither sad memories nor anxious worries. I was completely and simply here, with the tea, the place, the people, myself. I was present. And it felt wonderful.
This book will inform and empower women who have decided to divorce, or are deciding whether to do so. It will give them the `heads up` on what to expect, and the confidence to manage and control the formidable process; from the first meeting with a solicitor to the financial implications, the court processes, communication with the `ex`, and managing children, family and friends. It offers guidance on living arrangements and emotional aspects, and on the characteristics of `extreme` divorces including violence, harassment, custody battles, non-compliance and aggressive financial deprivation.
A Single Mom Shares Her Inspiring and Funny Tales of Parenting, Full of Love, Advice, and Humor Being a single mother means relaxing your cleanliness standards. A lot. Being a single mother means missing your kids like crazy when your ex has them, only to want to give them back ten minutes after they come home. Being a single mother means accepting sleep deprivation as a natural state. Being a single mother means hauling a toddler, a baby, and a diaper bag while wearing high heels and a cute skirt, because you never know when you'll meet someone. Being a single mother means finding out you are stronger than you ever knew was possible. Since birth, Lara Lillibridge's children wanted, "Mama, Mama, only Mama!" whether they were tired or just woke up from a nap-whether they were starving or had just finished a bowl of goldfish crackers. Over ten years later, not much has changed. Between hilarious episodes and candid stories, Lillibridge offers the bits of advice and enlightenment she's gained along the way and never fails to commiserate on the many challenges that come with raising children in a non-nuclear family. This creative, touching memoir will resonate with single moms everywhere, whether solo parenting is new territory or well-trodden ground for them. Written in the style of a diary with blogs, articles and recipes tucked between the pages, Mama, Mama, Only Mama follows Lillibridge and her two children, Big Pants and Tiny Pants, out of divorce, through six years of single parenting, and into the family blender with a quasi-stepfather called SigO. Complete with highly useful recipes such as congealed s'more stew, recycled snack candy bars, instant oatmeal cookies and a fine chicken casserole that didn't pass Tiny Pants's "lick test," Lillibridge grows into her role as mother, finds true love, and comes to terms with her ex-husband.
Think the worst won't happen to you? Divorce can turn even the most sensible and perfectly nice people into malicious cutthroats. And while divorce is never easy, it can get downright nasty if your spouse wants to turn the process into the ffifiight of his or her life. Whether your spouse is vengeful, abusive, money-hungry, or just plain angry, a divorce can become prolonged, costly, and psychologically and emotionally damaging to your children.
Here, Jeffery M. Leving, one of America's most prominent and experienced divorce lawyers, shows you how to win any divorce fair and square, even when your spouse brings out the heavy artillery.
By giving real-life examples, Leving provides essential advice on everything from picking the right lawyer and devising a winning settlement strategy to getting the most from your day in court and dealing with an ex-spouse. "Divorce Wars" will help ensure you are acting wisely and effectively at every stage of the process, and will help you and your children survive even the most painful and difffiicult divorce.
What is the real legacy of divorce? To answer this question, Constance Ahrons, Ph.D., interviewed one hundred and seventy-three grown children whose divorcing parents she had interviewed twenty years earlier for her landmark study, the basis of which was the highly acclaimed book "The Good Divorce," What she has learned is both heartening and significant.
Challenging the stereotype that children of divorce are emotionally troubled, drug abusing, academically challenged, and otherwise failing, Dr. Ahrons reveals that most children can and do adapt, and that many even thrive in the face of family change. Although divorce is never easy for any family, she shows that it does not have to destroy children's lives or lead to a family breakdown. With the insight of these grown children and the advice of this gifted family therapist, divorcing parents will find helpful road maps identifying both the benefits and the harms to which postdivorce children are exposed and, ultimately, what they can do to maintain family bonds.
At 27 years old, I found myself with a broken down marriage and two children under two to raise on my own. I had no other option than to survive. Nah, scratch that, I needed to thrive. But where would I begin? I wasn't sure if I knew how to live alone, let alone how to boss it solo with a couple of kids in tow. It's been a hell of a journey signposted with dating fails, money worries and ex-husband woes, but when was a Back-up Plan ever straightforward? This book is the one I needed to read in the lonely 3am darkness of an unfixable marriage, lying next to a man I was sure I didn't want to be tied to anymore but whom I was too scared to leave. This book is the one I needed to read when I picked up my first packet of anti-depressants and read Elizabeth Wurtzel's Prozac Nation to feel off-the-cuff and cool (but just felt more depressed). This book is the one I needed to read in the infinitely long days that stretched ahead of me alone with two infants, minimal sleep and no hope. This book is the one I needed to read when shamefully I carted my two toddlers to Boots to pick up my very first Morning After Pill after my very first One Night Stand. This book is the I needed to read when my world was about to fall apart.
We all get angry sometimes, but out-of-control anger can make life miserable for everyone in the family, especially during a divorce, parental separation, or throughout the years of co-parenting, In Taming the Beast, Dr. Benjamin Garber shows you how to understand anger in all its forms, from irritation to frustration to rage, and express it constructively. You will learn practical strategies for modeling good anger management for your children, identifying and measuring emotions with the EmotioMeter(TM), planning ahead for what to do when anger erupts, and debriefing outbursts so you can do better next time. With practice, you and your kids will discover healthy ways to experience your own emotions--and accept each other's. Taming the Beast is Book 2 in the Healthy Parenting series.
Cosmopolitan: Over 100 Ways to Dump a Man is a sassy and sophisticated book for a woman who knows when it's time to say goodbye - and isn't afraid to do so! Written with humour and sensitivity, here are over 100 ways to break up a relationship that has reached its sell-by date, from recognizing the warning signals to doing the deed. Whether you want to stay a step ahead when he's got one foot out of the door, give him the brush-off using the Internet break-up service, kiss him goodbye gently or indulge in some rewarding revenge tactics. Not forgetting essential post-break-up survival tips, like reasons why it's great to be single, seeing him with someone new and retaining your dignity, and knowing when it's time to date again. Cosmopolitan: Over 100 Ways to Dump a Man is the essential girl-power guide to sorting the men from the boys!
In the winter of 2009, Rachel Cusk's marriage of ten years came to an end. Candid and revelatory, Aftermath chronicles the perilous journey as the author redefines herself and creates a new version of family life for her daughters.
No matter why things ended, the post-dump slump can do a real number on you. The Bounce Back Stack is here to end the pity party. Consult the thirty Challenge cards for new experiences like "Play love-note bingo" or "Kiss a stranger," and escape the dreaded poor-me spiral. So long, sad sack-ery-hello, exhilarating empowerment! Affirmation cards + breakup gifts = super singledom Ever wondered how to get over a breakup? Wonder no more! 3.75 x 5.30 x .85 inches; 40 cards Written by Annabel Acton
A neurotically funny collection that looks under the hood of adult life As in life, she was a pain in the arse in death. He could hear her roaring all the way from the fifth circle, 'Why the hell do you get to be in a better circle than me, I'm wrathful because of your lust -' Deploying a chorus of voices both ancient and modern to explore a world of sexual politics and singles cruises, dysfunctional families and psychoanalysis, awkward cohabitations and self-help guides for the would-be Dream Girl, this is the third collection from a unique poetic talent: observant, obsessive and wickedly witty. 'The funniest book I've read in years. Maris flexes her wit and wisdom to create a litany of nervous characters in a style that's mordant, sarcastic, satiric yet often compassionate . . . a poet of risk, she is dark, deep and often laugh out loud' DALJIT NAGRA 'Her dry, droll, clinically deadpan manner is all her own; but her themes - obscure hurts, implacable dissatisfactions, hardwired propensity for victimhood and suffering - reflect the experience of humanity at large' CHRISTOPHER REID
Timeless wisdom for all who grieveFor more than fifty years Good Grief has helped millions of readers, including NFL players and a former first lady, find comfort and rediscover hope after loss. This classic text includes a foreword by Dr. Timothy Johnson, a leading communicator of medical health care information. An afterword by the author's daughters tells how the book came to be.Good Grief identifies ten stages of grief--shock, emotion, depression, physical distress, panic, guilt, anger, resistance, hope, and acceptance--but, recognizing that grief is complex and deeply personal, defines no "right" way to grieve.Good Grief offers valuable insights on the emotional and physical responses persons may experience during the natural process of grieving. Reflection questions help readers explore their own experience with each stage.Whether mourning the death of a loved one, the end of a marriage, the loss of a job, or other difficult life changes, Good Grief is a proven steady companion in times of loss.
When a marriage ends it is more than a separation of two people. It is a death of an important part of their lives. Divorce and Beyond, the popular program for adults who have gone through a recent divorce, offers readers the support and guidance they need to help them through the divorcing process. Completely revised and updated, it will help readers through the initial stress, anger and guilt to ultimate forgiveness, happiness and growth. Divorce and Beyond is designed as a ten-session workbook for men and women who are already divorced or have filed for divorce. Each session or chapter covers the primary emotions experienced as a person works through the divorce process.
There's no such thing as an easy divorce. On top of the emotional turmoil, there are also numerous other concerns - from organising finances and splitting property, to breaking the news to children, and picking the best lawyer. This comprehensive guide shows that, with a clear-head and straight-talking advice, divorce can be swifter and easier than expected, letting you make a clean break and move on with confidence. Divorce For Dummies includes the most up-to-date information on:* What to Do First When Things Start to Go Wrong* Separation: A Healthy Breather or a Prelude to Divorce?* Helping Your Children Get Through Your Divorce* Pre-marital Agreements* Same-sex and DIY divorces About the author Elizabeth Walsh is a legal expert and the Editor of Family Law, recently voted 'Legal Journal of the Year'. Thelma Fisher is a former chair of the UK College of Family Mediators and has been involved in mediation for over twenty years.
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