The No-Fault Divorce Toolkit: The Ultimate Guide to Obtaining a Divorce

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Overview

An all-new, completely redesigned and retitled version of Nova's best-selling divorce guide: Divorce Yourself, this new title will be the only divorce guide on the market that comes with all of the official and state-specific divorce forms for all states on its enclosed CD. The book/CD contains everything necessary to understand and obtain a no-fault divorce in any state, all written in simple, easy-to-understand plain English.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781892949356
  • Publisher: Nova Publishing Company IL
  • Publication date: 3/16/2009
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction To No-Fault Divorce Toolkit 8

Instructions for Using Forms-on-CD 10

Chapter 1 Understanding Divorce Law 14

What Is No-fault Divorce? 15

The Division of Marital Property 16

Alimony and Maintenance 17

Child Custody 18

Child Support 19

Divorce in General 19

Divorce by Agreement 21

Can You Do Your Own Divorce? 22

How to Use This Book 25

Mediation 26

General Notes Concerning Terminology 28

Chapter 2 Preliminary Matters 29

Preliminary Matters 29

Preliminary Questionnaire 33

Document Checklist 35

Where Can You File For Divorce 37

What Will Be the Grounds for Your Divorce? 39

Tax Consequences of Divorce 40

Property Transfers 41

Alimony 42

Child Support and Custody 43

Marital Settlement Agreement Instructions 45

Sample Marital Settlement Agreement 49

Chapter 3 Property Division 58

Property Questionnaire 60

The Law of Marital Property Division 78

Community Property States 79

Separate Property 79

Community Property 81

Equitable Distribution States 82

Factors for Consideration in Property Divisions 85

Considerations Regarding Specific Property 88

The Family Home 88

Retirement and Pension Plans 90

Stock-option or Profit-sharing Plans 91

Social Security Benefits 92

Military and Federal Pensions and Benefits 92

Cars and Other Vehicles 93

Educational Degrees 93

Property Division Worksheet Instructions 94

Property Division Worksheet 96

Property and Bills Division Marital Settlement Agreement Clauses 100

Financial Statement Instructions 101

Financial Statement 103

Chapter 4 Alimony, Maintenance, and Spousal Support 107

Alimony Questionnaire Instructions 107

Alimony Questionnaire 109

The Law ofAlimony 112

Factors for Consideration 114

Alimony Marital Settlement Agreement Clauses 116

Chapter 5 Child Custody and Visitation 119

Child Custody Questionnaire Instructions 120

Child Custody Questionnaire 121

The Law of Child Custody and Visitation 130

Types of Custody Arrangements 132

Visitation 134

Modification of Custody and Visitation Terms 135

Factors for Consideration 137

The Child's Bill of Rights 139

Child Custody Jurisdiction 140

Custody and Visitation Worksheet Instructions 141

Custody and Visitation Worksheet 142

Child Custody and Visitation Marital Settlement Agreement Clauses 144

Chapter 6 Child Support 149

The Law of Child Support 150

Factors for Consideration 152

Enforcement and Modification of Child Support 153

General Child Support Guidelines 154

Child Support Worksheet and Child Support Guidelines Instructions 156

Child Support Worksheet 158

Child Support Guideline Chart 160

Child Support Marital Settlement Agreement Clauses 162

Chapter 7 Marital Settlement Agreement 165

Marital Settlement Agreement Form 166

Chapter 8 Completing Your Marital Settlement Agreement 175

Preparing Your Marital Settlement Agreement 175

After Signing Your Marital Settlement Agreement 178

Chapter 9 Preparing Your Divorce Papers 179

Steps in the Divorce Process 179

General Considerations 180

The Necessary Documents 182

The Petition or Complaint Instructions 184

The Petition or Complaint Form 188

Appearance, Consent, and Waiver Instructions 191

Appearance, Consent, and Waiver Form 193

Child Custody Jurisdiction Form Instructions 194

Child Custody Jurisdiction Form 195

Final Judgement or Decree Instructions 196

Final Judgement or Decree Form 198

Certificate of Divorce or Dissolution of Marriage Instructions 200

Sample Certificate of Divorce or Dissolution of Marriage 200

Instructions for Signing and Filling the Documents 201

Chapter 10 Sample Divorce Forms 203

Petition for Divorce 204

Appearance, Consent, and Waiver 207

Declaration Under the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Act 209

Final Judgement of Divorce 212

Chapter 11 Appearing In Court 214

General Court Appearance Rules 215

Court Testimony Worksheet Instructions 217

Sample Testimony Worksheet 220

Chapter 12 After Your Divorce 224

Final Divorce Checklist 225

Post-Divorce Legal Problems 228

Enforcement of Child Support 228

Enforcement of Alimony 230

Enforcement of Custody and Visitation 230

Domestic Violence 231

Modification of Support and Custody Provisions 231

Appendix: State Divorce Laws 233

Glossary of Legal Terms 374

Index 379

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