Constance R. Ahrons Ph.D

Coach / Child Specialist

Biographical Info

Constance Ahrons has over three decades of experience helping couples and families cope with divorce and its aftermath. She is a sought-out international speaker and expert, and the author of the bestselling books “The Good Divorce” (HarperCollins) and “We’re Still Family” (HarperCollins).

Dr. Ahrons was Director of the Family Therapy Doctoral Training Program and Professor of Sociology at USC. Prior to teaching at USC she taught in the School of Social Work at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She was the principal investigator of an National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH) sponsored research project, The Binuclear Family Study, a 20-year longitudinal study of 98 divorced families.

Dr. Ahrons coined the term “binuclear family” and was an early champion of collaborative divorce and mediation. On a collaborative team she can be a divorce coach for one of the divorcing spouses, or a child specialist working with the children and helping parents work toward a healthy co-parenting relationship. In the one-coach model she can be the family specialist working with the whole family to help them achieve a good divorce.

In addition to her work on collaborative divorce teams, Dr. Ahrons maintains a private practice, which includes divorce coaching, confidential child custody mediation, family therapy and consultation to other professionals. As a private divorce coach she provides targeted advice and guidance around such issues as child custody, living arrangements, co-parenting, managing anger, how and when to tell children about the divorce. She also consults with divorced parents about issues that arise after divorce, such as problems with co-parenting, revisions in living arrangements, how to integrate a new partner in to the binuclear family and changes due to remarriage of one or both parents. She has been tapped for her expertise on radio and television shows, including The Today Show, CBS Morning Show, NPR, CNN, Good Morning America and Oprah.

For more information about Dr. Ahrons’ education, publications, lectures and professional memberships, please see her CV on her website: