Recommended Reading

Law school and family law sections offer no guidance for attorneys to acquire advanced knowledge and skill. We have put together a list of helpful resources. The following books are part of our library. We recommend them to all family law attorneys.

Accounting & Financial Issues

  • The Executive Compensation Handbook, by Kristi Anderson Wells and Jon Eric Stuebener
  • The Complete QDRO Handbook, by Patricia Shewmaker and James R. Lewis
  • The Lawyer's Business Valuation Handbook, by Shannon P. Pratt and Alina V. Niculita
  • The Business Valuation Bench Book, by William J. Morrison and Jay E. Fishman
  • The Forensic Accounting Deskbook, by Miles Mason, Sr., JD, CPA
  • Lifestyle Analysis in Divorce Cases, by Tracy Coenen, CPA, CFE
  • The Family Lawyer's Guide to Bankruptcy, by Shayna M. Steinfeld and Bruce R. Steinfeld

Child Custody Issues

  • Evidence-based Child Forensic Interviewing, by Karen J. Saywitz and Lorinda B. Camparo
  • Handbook on Questioning Children, by Anne Graffam Walker
  • Forensic Interviews Regarding Child Sexual Abuse, William T. O'Donohue and Matthew Fanetti, Editors
  • The Hague Abduction Convention, by Jeremy D. Morley
  • Forensic Psychology Consultation in Child Custody Litigation, by Philip Stahl and Robert A. Simon
  • How to Examine Mental Health Experts, by John A. Zervopoulos
  • The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity, by Dr. Burke Harris
  • Parent-Child Reunification: A Guide to Legal and Forensic Strategies, by Stanley S. Clawar
  • Child Welfare Law and Practice, by Donald Duquette, Ann Haralambie, and Vivek Sankaran


  • 10,000 Depositions Later, by Jim Garrity

Witness Preparation

  • The Art of Witness Preparation, by Craig W. Weinlein
  • Reinventing Witness Preparation, by Kenneth R. Berman
  • Harvesting Witnesses' Stories, by Katherine James

Trial Skills

  • Demonstratives: Definitive Treatise on Visual Persuasion, by Daniel Bender, Pierre E. Kressmann and Robert Jason Fowler
  • Cross-Examination: Science and Techniques, by Larry S. Pozner and Roger J. Dodd
  • MacCarthy on Impeachment, by Terence F. MacCarthy and Sean P. MacCarthy
  • Winning Jury Trials: Tactics and Sponsorship Strategies, by Robert H. Klonoff and Paul L. Colby
  • The Family Law Trial Evidence Handbook, by Steven N. Peskind
  • Voir Dire and Opening Statement, by Nicholas Rowley, Courtney Rowley and Wendy Saxon
  • Thinking, Fast and Slow, by Daniel Kahneman
  • Electronic Evidence for Family Law Attorneys, by Timothy J. Conlon and Aaron Hughes
  • The Divorce Trial Manual, by Lynne Z. Gold-Bikin and Stephen Kolodny
  • Examining Witnesses, by Michael E. Tigar
  • Mastering Voir Dire and Jury Selection, by Jeffrey T. Frederick, Ph.D.
  • Making Your Case - The Art of Persuading Judges, by Antonin Scalia and Bryan A. Garner


  • The Family Law Guide to Appellate Practice, by Matthew P. Barach