When marriage-loving divorce attorney Nicole Sodoma ended her thirteen-year marriage, she found herself seated in a symphony of sympathies and quickly began to question why people say “congratulations” when we marry and “I’m sorry” when we divorce.
There’s no denying that divorce sucks. You've invested years in a relationship. Then it what feels like the blink of an eye, everything has changed and you are faced with more resolution options than New Year's Eve. The journey can be wholly overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be the worst thing that’s ever happened to you. Choice will be your ally.
As the child of a blended family of divorced parents, a now "unmarried" woman, and a veteran family law attorney, Nicole Sodoma knows divorce. In Please Don't Say You're Sorry, she serves up both humorous and decidedly unfunny realities of marriage and divorce alongside empowering insights for finding your way through either. From hard truths about the unintended consequences of ending a marriage to relatable tales from divorces past, Nicole's communication style will help you feel deeply understood as you try to render those seemingly impossible decisions.
Whether you are looking for advice on how to better your marriage, are considering separation, or find yourself knee-deep in divorce, this book has something for you. Today is the first day of the rest of your life, and now you’ve got a badass no-holds-barred divorce attorney by your side.
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About the Author
Sodoma is a graduate of Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, Family Law Litigator, Certified Parenting Coordinator, and Certified Collaborative Law Attorney. She is equally a mother to three boys, a friend to many, and a trusted advisor to thousands. Over the past twenty-five years, she has been recognized for her steadfast commitment to her clients, her entrepreneurship, her vision, and her community involvement. Quickly rising as a national authority on divorce and family law, her insights have been featured in The Today Show, The Wall Street Journal, Business Insider, The Washington Post, USA Today, Women’s Health Magazine, Parents Magazine and Care.com.
Table of Contents
1 It Takes Two to Say "I Do" and One to Say "I Don't" 13
2 Please Don't Say You're Sorry 29
Part 1 Marriage 42
3 The People We Marry Are Not the People We Divorce 47
4 Find Out What's Up, Long Before Things Go Down 63
5 Have Empowering Arguments Starting Now 77
6 There Are No Winners When You Have a Swinger Over for Dinner 93
Part 2 Separation 106
7 We All Use the Tissue Box 109
8 It Doesn't Have to Be the Worst Thing That's Ever Happened 123
9 Your Children Can Hear You (and See You) 139
10 Cheerio, Confidentiality! 153
11 Simplify and Let Yourself Screw Up 161
Part 3 Divorce 174
12 It's Going to Suck 177
13 More Resolution Options than New Year's Eve 191
14 Sometimes Wins Won't Feel Like Wins 207
15 The "Divorce Diet" Is Real! 219
16 Today Is the First Day of the Rest of Your Life 231
Glossary of Simplified Legal Speak 243
About Nicole Sodoma 263
About Sodoma Law 265