A FATHER has set out to share his experiences of parenthood and divorce with the publication of his first book.

According to James Brien, from Darlington, separation and divorce can provide an opportunity to become stronger, happier, and healthier.

In his book, The Real Man's Guide to Divorce, the author gives advice to men who are facing or considering separation.

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The book covers topics and common concerns around divorce such as letting go and creating a new type of relationship with an ex-partner, the legal and financial process, and navigating the world of dating.

Mr Brien studied at Corporation Road School, Branksome Comprehensive and the Darlington College of Technology before embarking on a career in International Development.

He has spent the last 20 years building retail brands, however it was his unrealised mission to give children the best start in life that inspired him to write his first book to help men remain a positive influence in their children's lives.

He said: "Children benefit from having two parents to guide them, support them and love them. I aim to provide a guide that is sensible and fair to all parties.

"I want to minimise conflict and for each parent to feel happier and stronger and be closer to their children following separation."

The book talks about the various skills, including effective communication, negotiation and conflict resolution, Mr Brien learned along the way and he hopes to inspire others with his book.

Blending his own experiences into the book, Mr Brien said he wrote The Real Man's Guide to Divorce primarily for men because there is a lack of useful resources for them.

He added: "Separation and divorce is one of the toughest, most stressful situations we experience in our lives, and yet many men have no one to talk to or to seek advice from.

"It can be a very dark and lonely time."

The Real Man's Guide to Divorce is available to purchase on Amazon.