Author Charlotte Friedman is a former family law barrister who decided to move from the courtroom to the therapist's chair in order to transform the way we handle divorce. In her view, the system sets both parties up for a fight, forced as they are to face lawyers, forms and life-defining court negotiations, when they are also brimming over with grief and anger. In Breaking Upwards she shares the lessons she has learned from every stage of the process to try and stop divorce causing more damage than it needs to. In clear, reassuring language, she offers calm, practical advice, drawing on revealing case studies to answer questions such as: How long before I get over this divorce? How do I tell the children? Will I ever be able to cope with the new partner in my ex's life? Whichever way you look at it, divorce is an end - but it is also a new beginning. This book is designed to guide you through, from separation to renewal, and give you the know-how and confidence to create a genuinely positive new story.
Charlotte Friedman is a psychotherapist working in Central London. She previously worked for 25 years as a barrister specialising in divorce and separation. She then became a family therapist seeing many couples and individuals going through divorce and separation. She has seen divorce from both the legal and therapy perspective. She has often appeared on TV and radio and presents workshops and seminars for several firms including Bank of America, Ernst and Young and Deutsche Bank for their employees to help them cope with their relationship break ups.