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Rita S. Pollak"STOP Fighting Over the Kids, by Attorney Mike Mastracci, will become a classic, to be added to the shelves of all professionals who work with separating and divorcing families. It is a personal and comprehensive work which is both inspirational as well as practical. Attorney Mastracci pulls no punches. He speaks directly to parents, reminding them of their highest obligation, which is to keep their children safe, secure, well cared for and healthy."

"This direct, no-nonsense, sometimes colorful, approach is effective because he weaves his personal experiences with his professional ones; every word hits the right note. The lists of Do's and Don's at the end of most chapters will become easy reference guides for parents. I can see myself printing out some of those lists to hand to particular clients; they are that practical and realistic. Buy this book by the dozen and start handing it out to your clients now."

Attorney Rita S. Pollak

Rita S. Pollak is the Past-President of the International Academy of  Collaborative Professionals (IACP), Past President of the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council (MCLC), and Past President of the Massachusetts chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC).


David L. Levy"As head of the Children's Rights Council since its inception, I am familiar with most of the literature. Many of these books are quite good, but I can assure you that Mike Mastracci's STOP Fighting Over the Kids is one of the best."

"Most importantly, Mike is a gifted writer. He is able to convey his sound advice in clear, convincing prose. He covers all topics with practical advice and sensible approaches. If parents have to get divorced, they would do well to read this book before they take a single step to hiring a lawyer or driving to the court house. This is because the decisions you make from Step 1 - considering divorce – all the way to raising your children to adulthood and beyond, will be enhanced by a reading of this book and the terrific advice that Mastracci has to offer. There is not one step in resolving day-to-day custody conflict in divorce situations that this book does not cover in terms that will help you and the other parent keep your child out of the middle of a custody battle. Be assured that custody battles will harm your child. Your conflict will reach the ears, heart and mind of the child. It cannot help but make him or her worry and fret, no matter how hard you try to insulate her or him from the struggle."

"So make your best attempt to put your child first, lessening the pain to your child and you. Help yourself to a generous dollop of wisdom that will help you and every member of your family come out as unscarred as possible from what is happening around you. Stop Fighting Over the Kids let Mike Mastracci show you how. It will be worth it." Read the full review at the Divorce Without Dishonor blog.

David L. Levy, J.D., Board President, the Children's Rights Council (CRC)



Risa Garon"STOP Fighting Over the Kids is must for parents contemplating separation and divorce and all professionals who work with families in transition. Being honest about his own family transition, Mike Mastracci provides a 'how to' about the many aspects which parents must deal with in addressing the needs of their children."

"Mike found the 'Big Rock'’ his center, his spiritual place that he shared with his son. He invites us all, particularly parents, to find their own rocks to help them through and keep the focus of all decisions on the real best interests of their children."

"At the same time, Mike addresses all professionals, judges, attorneys, mediators, mental health professionals working with families and challenges us to take the highest road for children. His discussion of collaborative law is particularly meaningful. Collaborative law builds a lasting road map for parents and provides an active voice for children so that their developmental needs are heard and addressed."

"It is time in our contemporary society, for each of us who works with families and is part of a family, to define what children really need in order to grow and thrive. Mike Mastracci has accomplished this in his book and in his wonderful relationship with his son, the best testimony to taking the high road which Mike advocates for all of us."

Risa Garon, LCSW-C, BCD, CFLE, Executive Director, National Family Resiliency Center


Marshall E. Waller"I found the book easy to read and jam-packed with insights, information and guidance, the likes of which I have yet to see anywhere else."

"I have been practicing custody litigation for over 27 years and I am a Certified Family Law Specialist here in California (so certified by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization) and I have, quite literally, seen it all in this area. You have created a resource I plan on sending my clients to as often as possible."

"Your book should be required reading for anyone with children, whether divorce or custody litigation is looming in their future or not. This is a valuable read for parents, period. It helps us to understand the depths of the emotions and consequences that our behavior as adults and parents in these difficult situations can have on our children and their children’s children, and so on, quite literally for generations to come."

"The resources you provide are clear and even-handed. You have created a road map for successful parenting that should become a staple in every custody lawyer’s library and a recommended resource on every courthouse web site. I will continue to use, refer to and recommend this invaluable resource."

Marshall E. Waller, Certified Family Law Specialist, Dr. Phil's Best of the Best Child Custody Attorney



Raoul Felder"STOP Fighting Over the Kids provides the tools, resources and insight that every divorcing parent needs. You will learn how to promote and foster the right mindset from someone who has 'walked the walk.' This book is excellent, especially for those who are serious about keeping their children out of the middle of parental conflict."

Raoul Felder, Celebrity Divorce Lawyer

Celebrity Divorce Lawyer, Raoul Felder has been regarded as a Divorce Lawyer Extraordinaire and has represented scores of celebrities and high profile figures for decades. Some of his clients have included, Mayor Rudy Juliani, Carol Channing, Riddick Bowe and the wives of Mick Jagger, Mel Brooks, Martin Scorsese, Robin Leach, and Carson DePalma as well as Liza Minelli's Ex husband, David Gest. One of the worst pieces of news a divorcing spouse can hear is that their ex has retained Raoul Felder.


Rosalind Sedacca"STOP Fighting Over the Kids is a well-thought out and comprehensive guide based on this caring attorney's years of experience dealing with divorce 'wars.' His advice is sound, compassionate and valuable for any parents facing the challenges of divorce. If you want to protect your children in the best possible way, I highly recommend this book."

Rosalind Sedacca, CCT


Leon A. Rosenberg, Ph.D."Mike Mastracci's book, STOP Fighting Over the Kids, is the best I have ever seen for people who are either heading for separation and possible divorce or are divorced and are struggling with shared parenting issues."

"Every important potential problem is discussed in a down-to-earth and straight forward manner and every issue discussed comes with practical, clearly written, and absolutely do-able recommendations for their solution. And every recommendation regarding kids, in my professional opinion, is consistent with what we know would be important for their emotional health and well-being."

"The author does a very good job of helping the reader understand what they can and cannot expect courts and judges to do. And the reasons why litigation should be a last-resort only and real effort should be made to avoid it are clearly and powerfully presented, as well as very practical steps that can be taken to succeed in avoiding litigation."

"The author talks to the reader in such a compassionate, personal, and supportive manner that you immediately know that you are hearing from a person who sincerely wants to help and who really knows what he is talking about. Not only is this book of great potential help to those personally struggling with these issues but it can serve as an excellent source book for mental health professionals working in the area and students of all disciplines interested in family law."

Leon A. Rosenberg, Ph.D.

Leon A. Rosenberg, Ph.D. is a Professor Emeritus in the Departments of Counseling, Psychiatry, and Pediatrics of the Johns Hopkins University and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and is currently a consultant in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Rosenberg maintains a private practice specializing in consultation to attorneys and families in matters of divorce, custody, abuse and neglect, protection of children and the protection of parental rights.



Honorable Edward Sosnick"As co-founder of the Michigan SMILE program, an educational seminar for parents regarding the impact of divorce on children, I was delighted to read Michael Mastracci's STOP Fighting Over the Kids."

"Mike Mastracci's approach makes it clear that parental conflict can be toxic for children and that every mother and father has the power to minimize that impact by learning and agreeing to put their children first. This book presents a road map to make this better outcome possible. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to take their kids out of the middle and on the path to fulfillment of their potential."

Honorable Edward Sosnick, Circuit Court Judge
Co-founder of the Michigan SMILE Program for Divorcing Families


"Divorce in the 21st Century is devolving into a shipwreck of relationships with children as the unintended, unsuspecting, undeserving victims. Enter now, 'a beacon of light' from collaborative family law attorney, Mike Mastracci providing us with a caring, clear, concise manual describing the steps to follow in achieving a marital separation/divorce that protects children and parents against the myriad of emotional and practical pitfalls."

Michael L. Boyle, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist and Mediator, Co-founder of The Mediation Center in Ellicott City, Maryland


Heather Drescher"Divorce is never easy - especially for the ones who have no choice in the matter - the children. When parents make the decision to divorce, their children’s lives are altered forever. It is crucial for parents to understand how their actions and attitudes during the divorce process will adversely affect their children. By educating themselves on how to control their emotions, and therefore, actions, parents can help lessen the negative impact of divorce on their children. “STOP Fighting Over The Kids … Resolving Day – To – Day Custody Conflict in Divorce Situations” by Mike Mastracci is a fantastic source of information for divorcing parents by someone “who has been there”, both personally and professionally. "

Heather Drescher, Illustrator of "YOU and ME MAKE THREE... B.B. – The Bear Who's Always There – Helps Kids With Divorce"

Heather Drescher graduated from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Animated Art. She has contributed illustrations to several children's educational projects, as well as endeavors with various authors. Drescher has also been certified in M. Gary Neuman's Sandcastles Program. She owns Heather Drescher Artistry which specializes in fine art and photography. She is also co-owner of Caring Creations, LLC which promotes charitable missions for children through books and education.


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