Bookstore shelves across the country are replete with self-help books and generalized information from family law pundits concerning how to cope with the divorce process now and in future years. These products range from soft and fuzzy tomes about family members’ feelings to quite detailed dissertations on matters ranging from child custody and support to spousal maintenance/alimony, dividing property assets and a host of other matters.

Judith Wallerstein, a prominent divorce psychologist and author, has recently waded into the mix to make a few reading recommendations of her own that focus on books that she says are truly singular and among the very few that really can make a difference in preparing for and planning around a divorce.

First, though, and in lieu of running to the store for a quick purchase, she offers this caveat to anyone thinking about divorce, especially people with children: Get a lawyer.

And make sure he or she is a good one, a person Wallerstein describes as “a well-qualified attorney who can inform you of your rights and the court policies that will apply to you and your children.”

This is certainly good advice in Georgia, since local courts can be highly differentiated.

Here are a few of Wallerstein’s recommended reads:

  • Mom’s House, Dad’s House (Isolina Ricci) — Good focus on custody issues
  • The Truth About Children and Divorce (Robert W. Emery) — Adult-focused book on the divorce process
  • The Emotional Life of the Toddler (Alicia F. Lieberman) Divorce through the eyes of toddlers

An experienced divorce attorney can answer questions regarding any aspect of the divorce process.

Related Resource: Huffington Post, “Advice Books For Divorcing Parents” April 16, 2011