Recommended Reading

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Championship Fathering:  How to Win at Being a Dad
by Carey Casey

As CEO of the National Center for Fathering, Carey Casey uses his experience and stories—and his engaging, personable tone—to inspire champions-to-be in fathering. Championship Fathering will help fathers raise healthy, well-adjusted, confident kids—mentally, physically, and spiritually. It will help fathers use the principles of championship fathering: Loving, Coaching and Modeling. Men will appreciate Carey Casey’s experiences in sports. He is currently chaplain for the Kansas City Chiefs. The book also includes a foreword by Tony Dungy. A 3-minute daily radio feature hosted by Carey Casey, Today’s Father, is heard on over 600 stations nationwide.

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Fathers’ Rights: Hard-Hitting and Fair Advice for Every Father Involved in a Custody Dispute
by Jeffery Leving and Kenneth Dachman

Millions of fathers are currently embroiled in the fight of their lives to win custody of their children. Wounded by the acrimony and greed that often accompany divorce proceedings, many wonder if they will ever again be an important part of their sons’ and daughters’ lives. With this landmark book, renowned men’s rights attorney Jeffery M. Leving offers disenfranchised fathers true hope and meaningful advice certain to save years of anguish and possibly thousands of dollars.Drawing on more than fifteen years of frontline experience, Leving leads fathers through every twist and turn of the legal system and shows them how to protect their rights (and their children’s)—both before and during divorce litigation.This authoritative and accessible book covers every aspect of the custody process, including protecting the parent/child relationship as a breakup occurs; finding a competent and sympathetic lawyer; drafting a “Shared Parenting Agreement”; demonstrating parental competence when falsely accused of abuse; avoiding parental alienation; determining when to settle and when to litigate; techniques for dealing effectively with psychologists, social workers, and other domestic relations experts; and much more.Illustrated with vivid real-life examples, Jeffery Leving and Kenneth Dachman’s practical guide is essential reading for the scores of American fathers routinely excluded from their children’s lives by a biased legal system in which avarice and recrimination too often overwhelm compassion and justice.

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Father’s Rights, 2E: The Best Interest of Your Child Includes You
by James Gross

Millions of fathers are currently fighting for custody of their children. Many wonder if they will ever again be an important part of their children’s lives. Fathers’ Rights covers every aspect of the custody process, including protecting the parent/child relationship as a break-up occurs, determining when to settle and when to litigate and explanations concerning the court’s determination of a fair level of child support.This new edition updates the ever-changing laws in this area and expands into additional topics of importance concerning paternity issues and fathers serving in the armed forces.Numerous court cases are used as examples to illustrate relevant situations. An extensive list of resources including agencies, organizations and websites is included as easy reference for the reader.

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How to be a Good Divorced Dad: Being the Best Parent You Can Be Before, During and After the Break-Up
by Jeffrey Leving

This must-have resource presents essential advice for divorced or divorcing dads of any age, background and marriage history. Written by Jeffery M. Leving, the country’s leading authority on father’s rights, the book is filled with practical ideas for staying connected with children and dealing with ex-wives – and in some cases a new girlfriend or the wife’s new boyfriend-during the divorce and afterward.

Throughout the book you’ll find advice and stories that show how other dads have coped successfully with divorce and made a difference in their children’s lives. How to Be a Good Divorced Dad offers news for divorced dads and counters many of the myths that paint divorcing fathers as alienated, irresponsible, or absent.

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They’re Your Kids, Too: The Single Father’s Guide to Defending your Fatherhood in a Broken Family Law System
by Anne P. Mitchell Esq

The “must have” book for any single or soon-to-be-single father (or anyone involved with a single father), written by fathers’ rights lawyer Anne P. Mitchell. Mitchell is a nationally recognized fathers’ rights attorney and spokesperson, and was one of the first fathers’ rights lawyers in the country. She is the founder of DadsRights.org, and a leading advocate for children of divorce having a strong relationship with both parents, even in a social and legal climate that often seeks to reduce fathers to weekend “visitors”. The advice and information which was once only available to her clients is now available in this straight-forward, plain English, easy-to-read book. In addition to sections on parental alienation, parental kidnapping, and false allegations, Mitchell includes a section on how to shield your children from the fall-out from your divorce so that you can ensure that your children still have a happy, well-adjusted childhood, along with checklists for various issues you may encounter, and a directory of legal organizations and clinics in all 50 states.

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The Father’s Emergency Guide to Divorce-Custody Battle: A Tour Throught the Predatory World of Judges, Lawyers, Psychologists & Social Workers, in the Subculture of Divorce
by Robert Seidenberg and William Dawes

There are dozens of divorce books by lawyers, but this is the first to combine a lawyer’s expertise with the experience of a fathers’-rights activist who has endured the fire of custody litigation. This is an emergency guide because the actions you take at the earliest stages of your case are of critical importance, and because the outcome of your case can have long-term repercussions on every aspect of your life. This book gives you the tools you need to take command of your divorce-custody battle: it shows you how to hire a competent lawyer and avoid lawyers engaged in fee inflation; it tells you what to expect from psychologists, social workers, and guardians; it shows you how to prepare your case, how to act in court, how to write a custody agreement, and how to calculate child support. It reveals the strategy most often used to win custody.

But it also shows you a system that is dysfunctional and pervaded with corruption. And it confronts you with a stark truth: no matter what the facts may be in your case, no matter what lawyer you hire, no matter how much money you spend, there is a very real chance that you could end up bereft of your children and financially destitute. For this reason, this book also explores the larger social and political forces that have an enormous influence on judicial decisionmaking.

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Child Custody A to Z: Winning with Evidence
by Guy White

Help! is the first word a parent yells when dealing with a child custody battle. Author Guy White cuts through and captures the essence of how child custody cases are won and lost. Child Custody A to Z navigates you through the flawed system of justice. Evidence is the most overlooked aspect of a child custody case. This book explains and addresses:

How to choose an attorney
How to impeach court experts
How to gather evidence
How to expose a personality disorder
How to investigate your case

Child Custody A to Z is replete with case studies that tell the real story of the controversial game of child custody. There is no substitute for preparation. White reveals judges, attorneys and court experts for their bias and incompetence. The author takes you through the step-by-step formula for winning with evidence.

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by Dr. Richard A Warshak

Your ex-spouse is bad mouthing you to your children, constantly portraying you in a negative light, perhaps even trying to turn them against you. If you handle the situation ineffectively, your relationship with your children could suffer. You could lose their respect, lose their affections-even, in extreme cases, lose all contact with them. The conventional advice is to do nothing, that fighting fire with fire will only result in greater injury to the children. But after years of consulting parents who heeded such advice with no success, Dr. Richard Warshak is convinced that this approach is wrong. It doesn’t work, and parents are left feeling helpless and hopeless. DIVORCE POISON instead offers a blueprint for effective response. In it, you will learn how to distinguish different types of criticism, how and why parents manipulate their children, how to detect these maneuvers, and how these practices damage children. Most importantly, you’ll discover powerful strategies to preserve and rebuild loving relationships with your children.

DIVORCE POISON is a time-tested work that gives parents powerful strategies to preserve and rebuild loving relationships with their children-and provides practical advice from legal and mental-health professionals to help their clients and safeguard the welfare of children. Whether they are perpetrators of divorce poison, victims of it, or both, parents who heed Dr. Warshak’s advice will enable their children to maintain love and respect for their parents-even if their parents no longer love and respect each other.

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The Divorced Dad’s Survival Book: How to Stay Connected with Your Kids
by David Knox

The Divorced Dad’s Survival Book: How to Stay Connected with Your Kids shows how to navigate the process of getting a divorce so as to minimize the negative impact on one’s children. The goal of the book is to show how fathers can use the divorce to improve their relationship with their kids. David Knox, a divorced father of two, presents a book designed to show fathers how to replace the fear of losing their children with insightful knowledge of what the children may be experiencing during the divorce and offers specific suggestions on maintaining and improving relations with them. The father-child relationship cannot only survive but also triumph over divorce through conscious and deliberate planning and execution.

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The Child Custody Book: How to Protect Your Children and Win Your Case
by Judge James W Stewart

“It it almost always in your children’s best interest to settle a case — with or without mediation — rather than to litigate,” said Judge Stewart.
His book clearly and concisely explains the process of court child custody litigation. It shows how custody decisions are made and how parents can insure that their abilities are clearly presented to persons with influence over the custody decision. Helps eliminate surprises that lead to costly mistakes. Chapters include: How to Conduct Yourself During the Custody Evaluation; Protecting Your Child; Child Abuse and False Accusations of Molestation; Domestic Violence: Things Have Changed; Parental Alienation; Will the Court Be Fair? Gender Bias, Forum Shopping and Challenges.