Summary of Divorce & New Beginnings

A Complete Guide to Recovery, Solo Parenting, Co-Parenting, and Stepfamilies

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Divorce & New Beginnings book summary
This comprehensive guide provides everything you need to know to survive your divorce and rebuild your life.


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This is an ambitious book. Author Genevieve Clapp, Ph.D., tackles the divorce process from the practical to the emotional. She guides you through the initial breakup, the intense emotional aftermath, the return to single life and the challenges facing stepfamilies. Dr. Clapp also gives solid, actionable advice about co-parenting and helping your children handle the rupture in their lives. Although the book is hampered by endless repetition, and the constant citation of studies and research, this same weakness enables you to use it as a reference. You can read only the chapters that pertain to your situation and still get all the necessary information. getAbstract recommends Clapp’s all-inclusive guide to anyone contemplating a breakup, in the midst of a divorce, or newly single.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to navigate the rough emotional terrain of a divorce and its aftermath;
  • How to help your children adapt to separation and the changes it brings;
  • How to co-parent with your former spouse; and
  • How to rebuild your life.


Divorce – It’s Never Easy
Most divorces are tremendously difficult for everyone involved. In fact, research shows that most people need at least two years after a separation to regain their equilibrium. Divorce wreaks havoc with your life and, at times, the losses seem unbearable. Everything...
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About the Author

Dr. Genevieve Clapp works for the Superior Court of California. She counsels divorcing couples on child-custody disputes, and co-parenting and stepfamily issues. She also teaches at California and Arizona State Universities.

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