The Divorce Mediation Handbook: Everything You Need to Know

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Step-by-step guide through the supportive process of divorce mediation. Author Paula James, an expert in the field of divorce mediation, presents a clear view of what actually takes place in the mediation sessions and shows how couples can use the process to create a friAndlier and less expensive divorce. James also shows how couples can work through the thorny legal and financial issues of divorce—property division, child support, custody, and alimony—by creating a positive environment that will short-circuit ...
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Overview

Step-by-step guide through the supportive process of divorce mediation. Author Paula James, an expert in the field of divorce mediation, presents a clear view of what actually takes place in the mediation sessions and shows how couples can use the process to create a friAndlier and less expensive divorce. James also shows how couples can work through the thorny legal and financial issues of divorce—property division, child support, custody, and alimony—by creating a positive environment that will short-circuit the emotional maelstrom and punitive costs that so often shatter families and finances.
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Editorial Reviews

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"This is a well organized and straightforward book, written in everyday language, with easily accessible anecdotes the reader can either identify with or gain perspective from them." (Mediation News)

"An informative guide for everyone who is involved in the divorce mediation process." (Diane Neumann, past-president, Academy of Family Mediators and author of Choosing a Divorce Mediator: A Guide to Helping Couples Find a Competent Mediator)

"Based on her extensive experience as a divorce mediator, Paula James explains why couples seeking a divorce should mediate and how to do so. Clear, interesting, informative. A must read for troubled marriages." (Robert Coulson, former CEO of the American Arbitration Association)

"The real strength of this book is its detailed discussions of the issues a divorcing couple must address, regardless of how they dissolve their marriage. . . . RecommAnded for consumer law collections."

?The Divorce Mediation Handbook should be offered to divorcing families by court clerks, clergy, lawyers, therapists, and mediators. Paula James has demystified the mediation process and this book helps divorcing spouses make better informed choices about how to take control of their lives, protect their legal rights, and reduce the financial transaction costs in Anding a marriage.? (Forrest S. Mosten, certified family law specialist and mediator, Los Angeles, California and author of The Complete Guide to Mediation)

"[James] provides the reader a solid basis for understanding the personal costs of divorce, for both the spouses and the children. The book is well written and will well meet the needs of literate clients who are going through the divorce process, whether or not they decide to use mediation."

Library Journal
This is a consumer's guide to divorce mediation, an increasingly popular alternative to expensive litigated divorces. James, a Texas matrimonial attorney whose full-time divorce mediation practice began in 1992, is biased toward attorney-mediators, which may irritate mediators without a law degree. Never mind. The real strength of this book is its detailed discussions of the issues a divorcing couple must address, regardless of how they dissolve their marriage. After reading James's accessible treatment, patrons will have the courage to move forward with their divorce and will be more likely to choose mediation over litigation. James also includes a section of helpful forms for divorcing couples as they navigate the settlement waters, and a list of books for divorcing parents. Recommended for consumer law collections; libraries should also consider Diane Neumann's Choosing a Divorce Mediator (LJ 12/15/96) as a companion volume.Julie Denny, Alliance for Mediation & Conflict Resolution, Inc., New York
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787908720
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/4/1997
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 410,342
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

PAULA JAMES a family law attorney with 15 years of experience, is a full-time mediator, national speaker, and trainer in family law mediation. She lives in Austin, Texas.
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Table of Contents

CHOOSING TO MEDIATE.

How Mediation Differs from Litigation.

Is Mediation the Best Choice for You?

Choosing a Mediator.

The Role of the Mediator.

Conferring with a Family Law Attorney.

THE PROCESS OF MEDIATION.

Before the First Session.

The First Session (and What Happens Next).

How Agreements Are Reached.

The Emotional Hurdles--What Works.

What Doesn't Work.

PROTECTING YOUR CHILDREN.

Your Children's Needs.

Planning Your Children's Future Care.

FINANCIAL FAIRNESS.

Analyzing Your Assets and Debts.

Dividing It All Up.

What About Alimony?

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