VANCOUVER, BC, October 06, 2017 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Just as the number of self-represented parties in child custody cases approaches 50%, comes Dad, Win Without a Lawyer, a new book by divorce lawyer Carey Linde. He pioneered shared parenting in Canada for fathers and revolutionized children's equal time with both parents.
Linde coaches fathers -- or anyone caught in the psychological quicksand of any life shattering nightmare -- how to recover their inner true self as the first step to succeed in the challenge ahead. The book offers up a toolbox of court tips, tactics, and strategies for fathers fighting to keep themselves meaningfully in the lives of their children.
"You wouldn't want to perform your own heart surgery, but you sure can do a great job - perhaps the best - speaking from your heart on behalf of your own children," said Carey Linde, family lawyer and author of Dad, Win Without a Lawyer. "There is no person better at any fee. You are your own best advocate."
Dad, Win Without a Lawyer was written with the self-represented father in mind. According to a Justice Canada Survey of Family Courts, an estimated 40% to 57% of parties in family court are self-represented. These parents are often not prepared to deal with the rigors and complexity of the court system. And almost all self-represented litigants overlook the crucial mental and psychological preparedness required to do well in a situation that, for many, is the most stressful event in their life.
"This book, though written for fathers, can also be of use to women who may find themselves in the same predicament," said Carey Linde. "Outside of the courtroom, neither gender has a monopoly on being the most suitable parent."
Dad, Win Without a Lawyer is organized into 4 parts. In part 1, Linde lays the groundwork to help the reader prepare themselves psychologically. Preparedness of person and mind is essential to success in court and post-separation in life. Parents have to become stronger and better than they have ever been. Part 2 delves into the inner workings of the ex-partner, their thought process, and what the reader can expect to encounter from him/her, including allegations of abuse, parental alienation, and other gotchas all too common in family law. In Parts 3 and 4, Linde explores the basics of family law, rules of the court, what judges do and don't want to see, and legal procedures that readers will have to become familiar with. Most importantly, the author also reveals, for the first time, how the court system really works, including what the author calls the "Elephant in the Courtroom" -- hidden biases that, if not navigated carefully, can threaten to undermine the entire case.
Dad, Win Without a Lawyer (322 pages, Amazon $29.99; Amazon Canada $24), available now.
About the Author
A lawyer for 40 years, Carey Linde pioneered the movement for equal-time shared parenting in the courts. He has been fighting for this idea before phrases such as "co-parenting" and "shared parenting" became popular.
Carey is a founding member of Canadian Lawyers for Shared Parenting. He is a past member of the Trial Lawyers' Association of British Columbia, the American Trial Lawyers' Association, Vancouver M.E.N., and of Seattle M.E.N.. He obtained his B.A. in psychology and obtained a law degree from the University of British Columbia, where he was the acting president of the student body 1968-69 and president of his graduating class in law school 1970.
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