The Good Divorce: A Psychoanalyst's Exploration of Separation, Divorce, and Childcare

Author(s) : Arthur Leonoff

The Good Divorce: A Psychoanalyst's Exploration of Separation, Divorce, and Childcare

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‘This is not just another book on divorce: it is a wonderful read, covering a breadth of relevant topics, illustrated beautifully with case scenarios easily recognized by those who have experienced separation/divorce, those who know couples who have, and professionals. The Good Divorce reminds us of the importance of the ethics of divorce and the need for each parent to strive for greater understanding of what they bring to the family circumstance, not only in terms of their own past, but to the present and most importantly to the future, for the sake of positive outcomes for them and their children. Dr Leonoff offers many useful practical suggestions for parents, their extended family and friends and for legal and mental health professionals. The reader is left with greater understanding, practical take-aways, and most importantly, hope.’
- Barbara Jo Fidler, PhD, registered psychologist, accredited mediator, and author

‘This terrific book is a must-read for anyone thinking about, involved in, or recovering from divorce, as well as for anyone who deals with this human catastrophe as a mediator, parent coordinator, lawyer, teacher, daycare worker, or mental health professional. This volume is a distillation of the life’s work of a gifted psychoanalyst, who brings not only practical advice based on vast experience but lessons on how to mature as a human being. The most seasoned professional will learn from this moving book. Dr Leonoff has created a brilliant work of deep human understanding and practical advice for a real life drama that can embody either the best or the worst of us all.’
- K. Lynne Moritz, MD, Past-President, American Psychoanalytic Association; Clinical Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry, St. Louis University School of Medicine; Distinguished Life Fellow, American Psychiatric Association

‘Dr Arthur Leonoff, a psychologist with a long history of providing help for difficult divorce cases, offers his wisdom about how to have a “good divorce.” Divorce results in intense emotions including feelings of grief, guilt, anger and betrayal, but he emphasizes the need for those who are divorcing to reflect on their experiences and develop a new, positive relationship with one another, especially if they have had children together. This book offers wise guidance to parents who are going through this most difficult transition. He also offers many insights for lawyers, judges and other professionals who work with those who are going through this process, emphasizing the need to support them in having an “ethical divorce.”’
- Nicholas Bala, law professor, Queen’s University, Canada

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