Preserving Family Ties was not written to provide a formula for action. Rather, this is a guidebook for understanding. It was written to give a clearer understanding of the complexity in child custody when parents separate. This book provides the historical context for the changes that parents may experience, and what they may fear. This book offers parents and professionals the context in which the new reality unfolds. It was written to help parents understand that one can move forward best when they (1) acknowledge their feelings as they endure so many life changes, often abrupt and unexpected; (2) recognize the obstacles and options in the child custody and divorce process; and (3) seek support from family, friends, and community resources to affect the best transition for parents and their children.