Make Any Divorce Better!: Specific Steps to Make Things Smoother, Faster, Less Painful, and Save You a Lot of Money [NOOK Book]

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Divorce is a difficult passage, but there are practical things any couple can do, individually or together, to make the transition as painless as possible. Every divorcing couple needs the guidance in this book because, without it, the process will not go smoothly. Author Ed Sherman, an attorney with 35 years of experience and over 45,000 successful cases, shows how most divorces fit one of five profiles. He helps readers discover their profile then leads them through the process, step by step, of overcoming what...
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Make Any Divorce Better!: Specific Steps to Make Things Smoother, Faster, Less Painful, and Save You a Lot of Money

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Overview

Divorce is a difficult passage, but there are practical things any couple can do, individually or together, to make the transition as painless as possible. Every divorcing couple needs the guidance in this book because, without it, the process will not go smoothly. Author Ed Sherman, an attorney with 35 years of experience and over 45,000 successful cases, shows how most divorces fit one of five profiles. He helps readers discover their profile then leads them through the process, step by step, of overcoming what can otherwise turn into major mental and monetary roadblocks. Through its communication, organizational, and negotiation tools, Make Any Divorce Better! not only saves readers money, but puts them — not lawyers or the courts — in charge of the process, allowing them to get it done faster, with a minimum of emotional and financial expense, and move on with their lives.
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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

Attorney and author Sherman ("How To Do Your Own Divorce" series) offers an insider's guide to making divorce go smoothly, quickly, painlessly, and inexpensively, revealing how the law works against divorcing couples and showing how to beat the system. In the Nolo Press-language librarians have come to appreciate, he discusses strategies for the difficult divorce as well as roadblocks to a decent one-e.g., ignorance, bad judgment, excessive spending, and hiding money. His no-nonsense guide to the legalities and practicalities of divorce is highly recommended for all public libraries.


—Deborah Bigelow

Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780944508749
  • Publisher: Nolo Press Occidental
  • Publication date: 8/13/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,341,064
  • File size: 586 KB

Meet the Author

Ed Sherman was born in Hannibal, Missouri in 1938, graduated from Boalt Hall School of Law in 1964 and was admitted to the California Bar in 1965. Ed Sherman founded Nolo Press with the first edition of this book in 1971. Nolo Press is generally credited with giving the legal process back to the public.

In 1988, he wrote a companion title, “Practical Divorce Solutions,” for people who have difficulties reaching agreement with their spouses so they can go ahead with the actual divorce. In 2000 he met the need for self-help in more difficult divorce cases with “How To Do Your Own Contested Divorce in California.” He has authored four other books, five video programs and three software packages to help people through divorce.

In 1989 he founded the Divorce Helpline – a staff of family law attorneys and mediators who assist people doing their own divorces with advice, problem-solving and paperwork – again reducing the severe financial and emotional costs of divorce.

His 2005 book, "Legal Essentials for California Couples," introduced the revolutionary Couples Contract which provides a strong foundation for any relationship at any stage. The book has won acclaim from professionals in the fields of financial planning, accounting, couples counseling, and religious ministry.

His 2006 book, "The Couples Contract for a Lasting Relationship" (with co-author Bruce Janke), expanded the Couples Contract for use nationwide. It has been hailed by even more professionals in the above fields and was favorably reviewed by the Library Journal.

He lives in Santa Cruz, CA.
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Table of Contents

Foreword   Warren Farrell, ph.D.     ix
Acknowledgments     xi
Triage: What to do first     xiii
Summary: The book in a nutshell     xvii
Which Divorce Profile Fits You?     1
The Divorce Road Map-an overview     11
Anatomy of the legal divorce
How the law works against you
How to beat the legal system
The Real Divorce is Free     23
Elements of a successful divorce
Creating order from chaos
From grief to growth
How to reduce conflict and stress
Tips for getting through a rough time
Tips on Divorce Law-property, support and parenting     49
Keeping the peace
Property, income and debts
Ten ways to divide property without a fight
Parenting plans
Child and spousal support
How to learn more about the law
Tax issues
Strategies for the Difficult Divorce     71
The general rule
When litigation makes sense
The cost of war
Fear of a sneak attack
Plan and prepare
The best way to start a divorce
Ten Steps to a Better Divorce     89
Safety and stability
Protect children
Early practical steps
Money and parenting
Temporary agreements
Get organized and take care of business
Before you talk to an attorney
Before you talk to your spouse
How to negotiate
How to put your agreement in writing
I Want Someone to Help Me-Who can I call?     129
Friends and relatives
Attorneys
Help doing what?
Howto fire your attorney
How to do Your Own Divorce     139
How to keep an easy case easy
Cases with agreements
Red tape and paperwork
Who can help?
How to Win (and Survive) A Legal Battle     149
How to deal with conflict
Damage control
Protecting children
Winning strategies
How to fight effectively for less expense
How to get the information you need     165
Index     171
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