File Your Own Divorce

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A divorce can be the most painful and expensive experience of your life. Whether you use a lawyer or not, protect yourself by getting all the information you need about divorce laws and your legal rights. Let File Your Own Divorce help you get control over this stressful ...
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Overview

A divorce can be the most painful and expensive experience of your life. Whether you use a lawyer or not, protect yourself by getting all the information you need about divorce laws and your legal rights. Let File Your Own Divorce help you get control over this stressful time of your life.

Learn how to:
-File an Uncontested or Contested Divorce
-Protect Your Assets, Yourself and Your Children
-Save Money when Working with a Lawyer
-Negotiate Child Support and Visitation Agreements

Ready-to-Go forms with step-by-step instructions

Essential documents you need to:
-End the Marriage and Start Fresh
-Resolve Property Disputes
-Calculate Child Support
-Develop a Visitation Schedule
-And much more . . .

"Their legal survival guides are dynamite and very readable."-Small Business Opportunities

"Explaining the way the law works."-Daily Herald

"Sphinx [legal guides] are staples of legal how-to collections."-Library Journal

"Takes you step-by-step through the process of divorce."-Money World

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572486270
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/2007
  • Series: Legal Survival Guides Series
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Meet the Author

Edward A. Haman received his law degree from the University of Toledo College of Law. Since obtaining his law degree, he has been in private practice, served as a domestic relations hearing officer and worked for the State of Florida in areas such as the protection of children and the elderly from abuse and neglect.
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Table of Contents

How to Use the CD-ROM -

Using Self-Help Law Books -

Introduction -

Chapter 1: Marriage Ins and Outs -
- Marriage
- Divorce
- Annulment
- Legal Separation
- Deciding if You Really Want a Divorce
- Preliminary Matters

Chapter 2: The Legal System -
- Theory vs. Reality
- Divorce Law and Procedure
- Legal Research

Chapter 3: Lawyers -
- Do You Want a Lawyer?
- Selecting a Lawyer
- Working with a Lawyer

Chapter 4: Types of Divorce Procedures -
- Proving Grounds for Divorce
- Consent Divorce
- Uncontested Divorce
- Contested Divorce
- Military Considerations

Chapter 5: Property and Debts -
- Gathering Information
- Property
- Debts
- Tax Considerations

Chapter 6: Alimony -
- Types of Alimony
- Qualifications for Obtaining Alimony
- Duration of Alimony
- Calculating Alimony
- Tax Considerations

Chapter 7: Child Custody and Visitation -
- Custody
- Child Custody and Visitation
- Visitation

Chapter 8: Child Support -
- Gathering Information
- Calculating Child Support
- Tax Considerations

Chapter 9: Filing for Divorce -
- The Complaint or Petition
- Supporting Documents
- Marital Settlement Agreement
- Negotiating
- Filing with the Clerk
- Counseling, Mediation, and Parenting Classes
- Collecting Information about Your Spouse

Chapter 10: Emergency Procedures -
- Protecting Yourself
- Protecting Your Children
- Protecting Your Property
- Temporary Alimony, Child Support, and Custody

Chapter 11: Notifying Your Spouse -
- Notice of Filing the Complaint
- Certificate of Service
- Notice of Hearing
- When You Cannot Find Your Spouse
- How Your Spouse Responds

Chapter 12: Answering a Complaint for Divorce -

Chapter 13: Contested Divorce -
- Procedural Differences between a Contested Divorce and an Uncontested Divorce
- Property and Debts
- Alimony
- Child Support
- Child Custody and Visitation

Chapter 14: The Court Hearing -
- Setting a Court Date
- Witnesses
- Courtroom Manners
- Your Hearing Presentation
- The Judgment or Decree

Chapter 15: The Future -

Glossary -

Appendix A: State Law Information -

Appendix B: Sample Case with Completed Forms -

Appendix C: Worksheets -

Appendix D: Blank Forms -

Index

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