31 January 2010

Journal Publishes List of Stepfamily Self-Help Books

The December 2009 edition of Family Relations, an organ of the National Council on Family Relations, contains a very interesting article in which the authors evaluate the usefulness of 64 self-help books for stepfamilies based on readability, content, references to the scientific literature, the qualifications of the author and comprehensiveness.

Without getting into the details of the article, the 13 books which made it into the "strongly recommended" list were, in alphabetical order:
  1. Boyd, H. The step-parent's survival guide (1998, London, Ward Lock)
  2. Fletcher, J.B. A career girl's guide to becoming a step-mom (2007, New York, Harper)
  3. Lauer, R.H. & Lauer, J.C. Becoming family: How to build a stepfamily that really works (1999, Minneapolis, Augsburg)
  4. Lutz, E. The complete idiot's guide to stepparenting (1998, New York, Alpha)
  5. Mulford, P.G. Keys to successful stepmothering (1996, Hauppauge, Barron's)
  6. Newman, M. Stepfamily realities: How to overcome difficulties and have a happy family (1993, Oakland, New Harbinger)
  7. Norwood, P.K. & Wingender, T. The enlightened stepmother (1999, New York, Avon)
  8. O'Connor, A. The truth about stepfamilies (2004, New York, Marlowe)
  9. Pickhardt, C.E. Keys to successful stepfathering (1997, Hauppauge, Barron's)
  10. Rosenblum, G. Stepfamilies: Making it great (2000, Minneapolis, Creative Publishing)
  11. Thomas, S. Two happy homes (2005, Longmont, Spingboard Publications)
  12. Tufnell, C. & Tufnell, T. Every step counts (2007, Oxford, Lion)
  13. Visher, E.B. & Visher, J.S. How to win as a stepfamily (1991, New York, Routledge)
"An Evaluation of the Remarriage and Stepfamily Self-Help Literature" was written by Marilyn Coleman and Lynette Nickleberry, both of the University of Missouri.

23 January 2010

Parenting Coordinators Group Expands Roster

The BC Parenting Coordinators Roster Society has updated its website, and, along with it, posted an expanded roster of parenting coordinators, bringing the total number of members to 29.

The Society, first established as an unincorporated association in 2007, has finally been incorporated as a non-profit society under the provincial Society Act. The directors of the Society will shortly be establishing a variety of committees to promote parenting coordination in British Columbia, and will be hosting the Society's first Annual General Meeting in the late fall of 2010 or early spring of 2011.

20 January 2010

BC Announces Domestic Violence Policy

On Monday the provincial Solicitor General's office announced the government's policy response to the coroner's inquest into the 2007 deaths of Yong Sun Park, her son Christian Lee and her parents Kum Lea Chun and Moon Kyu Park at the hands of Park's husband, Peter Lee. The deaths sparked broad public concern into handling of domestic violence cases by the government and police.

According to the press release issued by the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General, the government will:
  • establish a uniform policy on the investigation of domestic violence complaints, and flag such complaints so that all officials involved are aware the case involves an allegation of domestic violence;
  • establish a specialized domestic violence unit in the capital district, where the murders took place;
  • review deaths relating to domestic violence between 1995 and 2009; and,
  • establish a standard set of bail conditions to be requested when an accused is identified as high risk.

07 January 2010

New Paper on the Spousal Support Advisory Guidelines

The Department of Justice has just published a paper I've written on the Spousal Support Advisory Guidelines. The paper is a rather technical look at the data required to run Advisory Guidelines calculations and the determination of income for spousal support purposes, and reviews the various tax deductions, benefits and credits allowed by the Advisory Guidelines.

I'm afraid that my paper isn't very accessible as it is was written for lawyers and judges who are already familiar with and use the Advisory Guidelines frequently, nevertheless it's publicly available for anyone interested in reading it.