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If you are in the process of getting a divorce, you’ll need the best guidance and support you can get. These things can come at a heavy price, both financially and emotionally, but they don't have to. Sam Margulies, Ph.D., J.D., has decades of experience in the field as a top divorce attorney and mediator, and in Getting Divorced Without Ruining Your Life he shares his knowledge and insight in order to help you have a "good" divorce -- one that will leave you and your family as financially and emotionally sound as possible.
In the first half of the book, Margulies takes you through the steps of getting ready. By using real-life cases as examples, he shows how getting off on the wrong foot when a divorce is initiated can lead to huge attorney fees, years of deadlock in the legal process, increased bitterness between former partners, and resentful children. By playing an active role in your divorce you can avoid these pitfalls. Playing an active role means that you take responsibility by doing the following: Express your feelings in a healthy manner and don't "act out"; educate yourself on the divorce laws of your state; seek compatible, professional help (a therapist, lawyer, and/or mediator) to guide you through the process; and set an intention to reach a fair and equitable settlement agreement with your partner.
This book will teach you how to:
- Choose the right attorney and mediator for your needs.
- Handle the emotional crises that accompany divorce.
- Negotiate effectively with your former spouse.
- Decide what form of custody is best for you and your family.
- Budget and assess your financial needs.
- Manage postdivorce conflict.
- Deal with stepparenting.