This post on divorce books, articles, videos and more was compiled by MWI Divorce & Family Mediator Sally Plone.

Children & Divorce Books

  • Helping Your Children Cope with Divorce by M. Gary Neuman. Very helpful in understanding what children go through during divorce and after divorce.
  • Mom’s House, Dad’s House by Isolina Ricci. A classic guide for divorce, shared parenting, self-care, and creating parenting plans.
  • The Good Divorce by Dr. Constance Ahrons. Based on two decades of research, Dr. Ahrons shows couples how they can move beyond the confusing, even terrifying early stages of breakup and learn to deal with the transition from a nuclear to a “binuclear” family — one that spans two households and continues to meet the needs of children.

Divorce Videos

  • Split — A Film for Kids of Divorce (& Their Parents)

  • The Squid and The Whale –

Articles on Parenting During Divorce

Two Child Appropriate Divorce Books – per age group

Divorce Books for Ages 3-8:

1. It’s Not Your Fault, Koko Bear: A Read-Together Book for Parents and Young Children During Divorce by Vicki Lansky. Revolves around a lovable bear who doesn’t want to have two homes. KoKo’s experience will help children learn what divorce means, how family life will change, and understand that the divorce is not their fault.

2. Dinosaurs Divorce (A Guide for Changing Families) by Marc Brown. Children familiar with Marc Brown’s “Arthur” books will meet dinosaur characters to address such concerns as why parents divorce, what will happen to “me,” where will holidays be celebrated, living in two homes, etc. 

Divorce Books for Preteens:

1. For Better, For Worse: A Guide To Surviving Divorce For Preteens And Their Families by Janet Bode. Some children give anecdotes in the form of cartoons, some through poetry, and there is a recurring “Kid problem, Kid solutions” section.

2. How It Feels When Parents Divorce by Jill Krementz. 19 boys and girls ages 7-16 share their deepest feelings about their parents’ divorce. Readers learn that their own shock, anger, confusion and pain have been experienced by others and are normal and appropriate. Provides comfort to children and parents alike. 

Divorce Books for Teens:

1. A Teen Guide to Divorce written by Cameron Law, PLLC.

2. The Divorce Helpbook for Teens by Cynthia MacGregor. This book contains vignettes and strategies addressing questions like: Why do parents get divorced? What can I do to feel less depressed? Whom can I talk with about my problems? What’s likely to happen next? How do you tell absent parents that they don’t visit often enough? How do you say “no” to parents who want you to carry messages to, or spy on, the other parent? What is there to talk about when you visit a parent who’s moved away?

Personal and Practical Divorce and Parenting Information (for adults):

The Smart Divorce: A Practical Guide to the 200 Things You Must Know by Susan T. Goldstein and Valerie H. Colb. Helps readers confront the most common questions and concerns, explaining what to do and what not to do; what to fear and what not to fear; and what is fact and what is misconception when ending a marriage.

How To Have A Successful Divorce by Allison Quattrocchi. Learn ways to take control of your divorce, manage it more productively, recognize emotional pitfalls and heal and move forward faster.

Still a Dad by Serge Prengel and Edward M. Stephens. This book offers divorced dads not just practical advice, but comfort and hope as well.

Ask Me About My Divorce: Women Open Up About Moving On A collection of essays by women from all walks of life. With the unifying thread “I got divorced, and the world came into view,” the words within will make readers laugh, cry, nod their heads, and feel inspired to do what they need to for themselves.

Online Support Group — website on the topic of divorce.

About the blog author:  

divorce peabody maSally Plone mediates family conflicts of all kinds with MWI, including divorce, co-parenting, and custody disputes. In addition to mediating, Sally is a parenting coach, divorce coach, and therapist in Newton and Peabody where she has worked with children, couples and families for almost 30 years. She has taught at the graduate level, and has served as director and clinical director in mental health and human services programs serving children and families since 1985. Sally is a licensed mental health counselor and a facilitator of the court approved parent education program conducted by MWI.

To learn more about Sally, click here, or contact MWI’s Director of Mediation Services, Josh Hoch, at 617-895-4028.