- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 2 edition (Aug. 2 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312584202
- ISBN-13: 978-0312584207
- Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 2.1 x 20.8 cm
- Shipping Weight: 263 g
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #128,540 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Joint Custody with a Jerk: Raising a Child with an Uncooperative Ex: A Hands-on, Practical Guide to Communicating with a Difficult Ex-Spouse Paperback – Aug 2 2011
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"Great counsel for happily-ever-after a divorce." ―Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
JULIE A. ROSS, M.A., is the Executive Director of Parenting Horizons, an organization devoted to enriching children's lives through parent and teacher education. She is the author of How to Hug a Porcupine: Negotiating the Prickly Points of the Tween Years, Now What Do I Do? A Guide to Raising Elementary Aged Children, and Practical Parenting for the 21st Century: The Manual You Wish Had Come with Your Child. She leads parenting workshops nationwide, and lives in New York City with her husband, daughter and son.
JUDY CORCORAN is a freelance writer and marketing copywriter at MagazineMarketers.com. She is the author of three books, including The Concise Guide to Magazine Marketing: Tips, Tools and Best Practices. She is a single parent and both she and her daughter live in New York City.
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I can't give it any more than that, though, because the material is pretty weak. Basically, one of the authors runs classes to teach parents how to better communicate with their children (though is apparently not a degreed counselor). The other author is a writer who decided that these techniques could also be useful in dealing with an uncooperative ex.
I can't say they're completely wrong about this - after all, good communication comes in handy anywhere. But this makes for a very shaky premise. There's no research behind it, and they don't even bring any clinical experience with using these techniques in this situation!
(Plus, don't let your kids see the title. I threw the book out, considering that there was very little value compared to the risk that the kids would see it.)
For a sound book on the same topic, try "Mom's House, Dad's House" by Isolina Ricci.
However, most of the time it is an issue of the typical disenfranchised father dealing with both a manipulative and lying ex and a gender-biased court. It doesn't offer advice for dealing with apathetic judges who pass the buck, nor with court-appointed mediators who are mostly female and have a chip on their shoulder regarding men in general.
AS a disenfranchised father living in Washington County Minnesota, I have lost patience with the gender-biased court system and am seeking other ways to deal with these issues.
Unfortunately, the authors don't address the gender bias of our society. I'm sure women have issues, but I am a person who deals with the public for a living and I frequenty come accross fathers who are paying an exhorbitant amount of child support and medical coverage, and often can't afford to pay an attorney. Since judges -- dispite lip service to the contrary -- favor attorneys over Pro Se litigants, fathers are often up against it.
In almost all cases, it is the mother who is granted joint physical and legal custody. Perhaps it is different in other states, but Minnesota is a backward mommy state. That's putting it kindly.
Yet, I did find some useful advice in this book and will incorporate these ideas regarding my own jerk for an ex. I do recommend this book, but it almost seems to pertain more to women.
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