Thanks so much for your comments. I think all writers pull at least some of their work from their experience. I am no exception. However, I researched extensively for this book while sitting in divorce and family courts, talking to people with cases being heard. I was there so often listening to peoples' stories that many of the attorneys and police officers that worked in the courthouse thought that I was an attorney!
One of the things that struck me in my discussions, and prompted the idea for this book, was the hopelessness sometimes felt when families going through divorce cannot get resolution from the court process. If these folks could agree, most of them wouldn't need to be in court. And yet so often, the court is reluctant to rule and instead insists on numerous court appearances, hoping that the divorcing parties will come to agreement in the mean time. It was this stasis that seemed to create some of the stories of suicide and domestic violence that this book was based upon. I'm not an attorney and not sure what the answers are. But I thought that presenting the problems in this form was very important. Thanks for asking.
Very truly yours,