Divorced Fathers and Their Families: Legal, Economic, and Emotional Dilemmas (Paperback)Florence W. Kaslow (author)
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Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Number of pages: 248
Weight: 4161 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 14 mm
Edition: 2013 ed.
"Dr. Kaslow tells the story of forgotten fathers who suffer not only from the distance divorce imposes from their children, but from society's lack of sympathy for their suffering. A wife and mother as well as a distinguished professional, she forcefully brings these long-ignored issues out of the shadows. A must read for all professionals working in the field of divorce as well as for grown children of divorce and their parents."
Carolyn Susman, health columnist, Palm Beach Daily News, Palm Beach, Florida
"This unique book by noted psychologist Florence Kaslow provides a cornucopia of information, ranging from historical factors in child custody decisions, to stages of the divorce process and tips on parenting coordination. Thirteen detailed case stories of divorcing dads obtained through questionnaire-based personal interviews provide a fascinating range of personal experiences that Dr. Kaslow analyzes to reveal common divorce problems. Other experts on divorce then describe how more positive outcomes might have occurred utilizing different services/interventions provided by well trained systemically-oriented professionals. This wide-ranging book is a valuable resource for therapists, mediators, lawyers, child custody evaluators, child advocates, and family court judges."
David Schnarch, Ph.D.
Director, Crucible Institute of Evergreen Colorado
International bestselling author of Passionate Marriage, Intimacy & Desire, and Constructing the Sexual Crucible.
"Divorced Fathers and Their Families offers a key message for all who care about the welfare of children: While it is inevitably true that some marriages fail and husbands and wives may choose to sever their own legal ties, forging strong bonds between children and both of their parents should always be the paramount goal of our divorce and custody laws, policies and practices. In the absence of abuse, abandonment or other extraordinary circumstances, ensuring that fathers continue to play a central role in their children's lives - as well as the children's mother - will only advance, not impair, the emotional stability and well-being of children of divorce. Dr. Kaslow has provided important insights and useful suggestions for how we may to continue to move toward this goal."
Marsha Levick, Juvenile Law Center, Philadelphia, PA
"A superb and long overdue book! Kaslow has succeeded in capturing the untold story of the essence of the pain, confusion, turbulence, and unhappiness of divorce as experienced by the Dedicated Dads who all too often are partially or totally cut out of their children's lives. A must read for everyone who is contemplating divorce, is divorced, is a child of divorce or a professional working in the field of divorce."
Diana Kirschner, Ph.D., bestselling author of Love in 90 Days, and of Sealing the Deal: The Love Mentor's Guide to Lasting Love.
"This book is an invaluable resource for clinicians, divorced dads and their families! Read 13 fascinating and enlightening stories about "good dads' who are often disempowered by the system in regard to their parental rights. The result is that the whole family suffers. Dr. Kaslow has a dazzling breadth of understanding of all facets of this phenomenon and speaks to what she calls "divorce with integrity," an approach that can provide a way toward less pain and a healthier outcome in the wrenching process of divorce. Whether you work with family members who are struggling with divorce or in the midst of the process in your own family, definitely get a copy of this invaluable book!"
Dr. Diana Kirschner
"Any reviewer of the extensive literature on divorce quickly would note that it consists mostly of the voices or concerns of the mothers of divorce, to the neglect of the voices and concerns of the children and fathers of divorce. A growing literature finally is beginning to emerge that gives voice to the children of divorce (Fabricius, Braver, Diaz, & Velez, 2010; Finley, 2006; Finley & Schwartz, 2010; Marquardt, 2005). Florence Kaslow's book Divorced Fathers and Their Families: Legal, Economic, and Emotional Dilemmas gives voice to the experiences and concerns of the fathers of divorce...
I highly recommend Divorced Fathers and Their Families to all who want to understand the lived experiences of the fathers of divorce and to those who more broadly seek family court reform. Two things set this book apart from earlier books on divorced fathers (e.g., Braver & O'Connell, 1998; Farrell, 2001). The first is the detailed individual case studies that give the reader an emotive as well as a cognitive understanding of the genuine pain and suffering experienced by these fathers. Such an understanding permits an empathetic appraisal of the lifelong consequences of divorce for fathers and their children and suggests how changes in family law and family court practice-such as equal shared parenting-can improve the life trajectories of all.
Second, for those seeking family court reforms, this book not only demonstrates the need for such reform but also provides blueprints and guidelines for what needs to be changed to accomplish it. Family law reform and family court reform ultimately were Kaslow's goals in writing this book, and she admirably accomplishes both with the empathetic case studies and her detailed recommendations for all parties involved in the divorce process."
Gordan E. Finley
September 11, 2013, Vol. 58, Release 37, Article 8
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