"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." ~ Jeremiah 29:11

Resources for Separated and Divorced People

The following list of resources is provided for your extended personal use. It is our hope that you find them helpful in your recovery process.

Bible study groupA Few Links

Tribunal Office of the Diocese of Cleveland

Marriage & Family Office of the Diocese of Cleveland

Lake County Domestic Relations Court

Other Useful Resources

Diocese of Cleveland Foundation, Catholic Lawyers Guild
Once on the site, click Lay Organizations - Catholic Lawyers Guild; scroll down to Lawyer's Guild. Membership Directory Online; click on Mediation lawyers in greater Cleveland/Akron/etc.

Catholics Experiencing Divorce: Grieving, Healing and Learning to Live Again, Rev. William Ravior, ACSW and Vicki Wells Bedard

Divorce Happens – Coping when Your Family Changes, Jim Auer

Forgiving the People You Love to Hate, Judy Logue

"The leader of the course said going through a divorce is the same as if your spouse dies – you deal with the same amount of grief, loss of dreams and hopes that you had for your life, but in some ways it's harder because the person hasn't died, they're still there. I learned some important lessons for getting through day-to-day and acquired the tools that I needed to rebuild my life and look to the future with hope."

How to Get an Annulment, Rev. Albert E. Verbrugghe, O. Carm

Life After the Divorce – A Practical Guide for Starting Over, Medard Lax; Forward by Paul Ripple Comin

Prayers for Catholics Experiencing Divorce, Vicki Wells Bedard, Rev. William Rabior

With Open Arms: Catholics, Divorce, and Remarriage, John Hosie, S.M.

St. Anthony Messenger

Praying through your Divorce, Karen O’Donnell

Ave Maria Press

Healing the Wounds of Divorce – A Spiritual Guide to Recovery, Barbara Leahy Shlemon

Once More, with Love, Bobbi Coyle Hennessey

Seasons of Goodbye – Working Your Way Through Loss, Chris Ann Waters, Sorin Books Publication (distributed by Ave Maria Press)

This Blessed Mess – Finding Hope Amidst Life’s Chaos, Patricia H. Livingston, Sorin Books Publication (distributed by Ave Maria Press)


A Passage Through Divorce, An Interactive Journal for Healing, Barbara Baumgardner; Broadman & Holman Publishers

Blended Families, Mary Ann Kuhn, The Center for Learning

Coming to Terms with Divorce, Mary Ann Kuhn, The Center for Learning

The Divorce Recovery Journal, Linda C. Senn and Mary Stuart, M.A.; Pen Central Press

Getting Up, Getting Over, Getting On, A Twelve Step Guide to Divorce Recovery, Micki McWade; Champion Press, Ltd.

Growing Through Divorce, Jim Smoke; Harvest House Publishers

Healing the Divorced Heart, Rose Sweet; AMG Publishers

Living Beyond Divorce, Jim Smoke; Harvest House Publishers

Moving Forward, Jim Smoke; Hendrickson Publishers

Rebuilding, When Your Relationship Ends, Dr. Bruce Fisher, Dr. Robert Alberti, Foreward by Virginia M. Satir, Impact Publishers, Inc.

The Road Less Traveled, M. Scott Peck; Simon and Schuster

“Why Did You Have to Get a Divorce? And When Can I Get a Hamster?” A Guide to 
Parenting Through Divorce, Anthony E. Wolf, Ph.D., The Noonday Press

365 Ways to Meet People in Cleveland, Miriam Carey, Gray & Company