"A ground-breaking book.We will recommend it to parents and practitioners working with families."
--Kathy Simons and Rae Simpson, co-directors of the Center for Work, Family & Personal Life, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
• Follows the profound changes in notions of family from the 1950s to the 21st century
• Addresses the stories and intricacies of life many decades after a separation instead of focusing only on the early years
• Includes the experience of gay parents after a separation
• Provides information that will provide adult children of separated parents a deeper understanding of their complex families and help them make their own choice of an adult partner
• Discusses how separated parents can share positive connections through grandchildren
• Provides numerous insightful quotes derived from interviews with more than 50 parents
• Supplies a bibliography that covers topics such as post-separation parenting, stepfamilies, gay/lesbian parenting, transitions for adults, and the history of cultural and family change
"This is a ground-breaking book, full of surprises and insight about parents who separate after having children. It turns out that most separated families don't fit our stereotypes at all. Thanks to Judy Osborne's extensive research and long-term experience working with couples from diverse backgrounds, including gay and straight, the book reveals a world of unexpected ways that couples remain in connection with each other around parenting, and invent new kinds of family bonds. The stories of separation and re-connection are fascinating, and Osborne's observations are those of a true expert. She has been offering workshops and counseling for years, and now we have the good fortune to see her wisdom captured in book form. We will be recommending this book highly to parents who have separated, those contemplating a separation, and anyone whose own parents have separated. It is also essential, eye-opening reading for students and practitioners working with couples and families."
Kathy Simons and Rae Simpson, Co-directors of the Center for Work, Family & Personal Life, Massachusetts Institute of Technology