Divorce, Simply Stated: How to Achieve More, Worry Less, and Save Money in Your Divorce

Divorce, Simply Stated: How to Achieve More, Worry Less, and Save Money in Your Divorce


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DIVORCE, SIMPLY STATED is a uniquely engaging handbook for individuals going through divorce or child custody/access cases. It helps readers choose between traditional “court-based” divorce and alternative dispute resolution, and teaches readers how to choose divorce lawyers and other professionals, and how to work efficiently with them. It covers legal and financial aspects of matters such as child support, spousal support, property settlement, and child custody and access governed by parenting plans.

DIVORCE, SIMPLY STATED differs from other books of the genre in several important respects. First is the author’s engaging voice that draws readers in and holds their attention. Second, it makes extensive use of lists that eliminates the excess verbiage that make other divorce how-to’s so ponderous.

But perhaps most importantly, DIVORCE, SIMPLY STATED supplies the strategies and inside tips of a veteran divorce lawyer about his profession, some of which cannot be found elsewhere. Practical advice abounds on how to:

Save legal fees by understanding how lawyers bill

Take advantage of tax code opportunities and avoid pitfalls

Avoid common divorce mistakes

Become your own star witness

Organize and help prepare your divorce case by “being your own paralegal”

Care for yourself and your children during and after divorce

The advice contained in DIVORCE, SIMPLY STATED goes far beyond that found in the typical divorce book. For example, readers learn how to:

Find the “Secret Fount of Family Law Knowledge”

Find the “Secret Lawyer Bargain Basement,”

Use “magic” words and phrases on the witness stand,

Assess not only a lawyer’s hourly billing rate but her “effective hourly rate (EHR) based on the hourly rate and the increments in which it is charged

Protect their children by opting for the right kind of divorce (yes, there’s a choice!), selecting the right divorce professionals, and practicing mindful parenting

All of the above and more is delivered in a lively, easy to understand manner. Equally engaging is the author’s compassion; from the illustrations by his 9-year-old granddaughter to the humor designed to relieve stress and keep readers learning. DIVORCE, SIMPLY STATED is, in the words of past American Academy of Matrimonial Practitioners president Arthur Balbirer, “simply the best book of its kind.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780996380928
Publisher: When We Were Nine Productions LLC
Publication date: 05/16/2016
Pages: 298
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.62(d)

About the Author

Larry Sarezky is an accomplished divorce lawyer who uses award-winning creative skills to improve the lot of divorcing spouses and their children.
A practicing attorney for 35 years, Larry has represented clients from the ranks of Fortune 500 CEOs, Major League Baseball Hall of Famers, and Oscar, Grammy, and Emmy Award winners. During that time, Larry developed an approach to divorce designed to maximize results while minimizing financial and emotional costs. Larry has now made that approach available to the public in his new book, Divorce, Simply Stated.
Throughout his career, Larry has focused on the care and protection of children of divorce. Acting on that concern, Larry wrote and directed the Telly Award-winning short film Talk to Strangers, and wrote its companion guide to help both parents and professionals prevent the harm to children caused by unnecessary child-related litigation. The highly acclaimed film, which is being co-distributed by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, is currently in use for that purpose throughout the United States and abroad.
Larry has sought to improve the divorce experience in many other ways as well. In 2002 while serving as Chair of the Connecticut Bar Association's Family Law Section, he designed a program to provide divorcing spouses pro bono representation by young lawyers mentored by seasoned matrimonial attorneys. The next year, Connecticut Supreme Court Justice Peter Zarella enlisted Larry's help to secure confidentiality for divorcing spouses' financial affidavits, distributing one of Larry's legal commentaries to each of the state's family judges. Larry is currently applying his wisdom and wit to the production of Become Your Own Star Witness, an audio- book primer on how to testify in family court cases.
Larry's articles on divorce have appeared in The Huffington Post, divorcedmoms.com, ezinearticles.com, and numerous other online venues as well as in professional and consumer publications. Larry has spoken on divorce issues to judges, lawyers, mental health professionals, and consumers throughout the U.S., and has presented Talk to Strangers at national meetings of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, the American Psychoanalytic Association, and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts. Larry is a member of The American Bar Association, The Association for Conflict Resolution, and The Association of Family and Conciliation Courts.

Laila is a 10-year old 4th grader who loves to draw. Her drawings that appear in the book were done primarily in school when she was a 2nd and 3rd grader.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 -Ending a Dysfunctional Marriage With a Functional Divorce
Chapter 2 -Divorce Fact-Checking
Chapter 3 -Divorce Pearls and Perils: Secrets of Saving Money and Avoiding Mistakes
Chapter 4-Choosing the Right Divorce Lawyer For You
Chapter 5 -Alternative Dispute Resolution: Saving Time, Money, and Your Sanity
Chapter 6 -Using Financial Planners, Coaches, and Other Non-Lawyer Professionals
Chapter 7 -Embracing the Tiger: How to Work With,and Spend Less on Lawyers
Chapter 8 -Preparing and Analyzing Financial Disclosure Statements
Chapter 9 -Taking Advantage of Divorce Tax Breaks
Chapter 10 -Child Custody, Care, and Comfort
Chapter 11 - Child Support
Chapter 12 - Spousal Support
Chapter 13 - Property Distribution
Chapter 14 - Scared Witless to Star Witness: A Testimony Primer
Chapter 15 - Same-Sex Marriage and Divorce
Chapter 16 - Your Divorce Afterlife
Chapter 17 - More Divorce Resources

Appendix 1: Statutory Criteria Summary
Appendix 2: Initial Consultation Checklist
Appendix 3: Children's Bill of Rights
Appendix 4: Index of State Laws

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