A handbook for stepparents, separated parents, grandparents raising grandchildren, and everyone in between.The shape of the modern family has changed hugely in the last twenty years. Once upon a time mum, dad, and a three or four kids used to be the norm, but that type of family is almost an anomaly now. Stepfamilies, separated families, single parents, grandparents raising their children's children,bitter family court battles, and complicated access arrangements. it's a brave new world full of complicated family arrangements and conundrums. The Modern Family Survival Guide provides pragmatic and common sense answers to the myriad complex questions and dilemmas which arise from living in these brave new social times. Utilizing both the best current research about stepfamilies and over two decades of clinical experience, this book will traverse the many and varied issues of modern family life.