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What Every Woman Should Know About Divorce and Custody (Rev): Judges, Lawyers, and Therapists Share Winning Strategies onHow toKeep the Kids, the Cash, and Your Sanity Paperback – July 3, 2007


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Perigee Trade; Updated edition (July 3, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399533494
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399533495
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #662,793 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Gayle Rosenwald Smith is a lawyer specializing in family law. Her articles have appeared in the Chicago Tribune and the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Sally Abrahms is the author of Children in the Crossfire. She has published articles in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Los Angeles Times.


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I read this entire book from front to back in 1 day.
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The most useful parts of the book for me where the specific cases at the very beginning of the book.
Kimberly Snow
Women going through a divorce will find this book extremely helpful and even comforting.
Susan G. Hackley

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 12, 1998
Format: Paperback
What Every Woman Should Know About Divorce and Custody by Gayle Rosenwald Smith, J.D. and Sally Abrahms, is an essential resource for women in the process of going through a divorce, as well as for those contemplating divorce and even post-divorce, when custody and child support issues continue to resurface. It tells it like it is, in a clear, concise manner. This book will be a real eye-opener to those entering the process, and provide new insights to those immersed in, and even theoretically beyond the process. Many lawyers treat the divorce process like an on-going game, which the legal system enables. This process can victimize women, in particular. The best defense a woman can have is to be well-informed and well-prepared for the battle, which many (ex)spouses choose to wage. Every woman involved in a divorce, regardless of her lawyers ability and reputation, owes it to herself to become educated about the process, the potential problems, and helpful strategies. That is the essence of What Every Woman Should Know About Divorce and Custody offers. If there is one book that a woman going through a divorce needs, this is it. This book will likely become a repeatedly consulted reference throughout most womens divorce and custody process.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By R Resnik on February 27, 2012
Format: Paperback
I found this book almost entirely irrelevant and in sore need of update. Nowadays, many states have "no fault" divorce (e.g., Colorado), the men's movement has changed culture, and MANY women are career women who are the main bread-winners of the family. This book takes NONE of that effectively into account. Therefore, the book was a total waste of money and time for me. I do not recommend it for any career woman and dedicated mother who is the bread-winner and in a position to need to pay maintenance, lose significant assets, AND lose parenting time despite being BOTH primary parent and primary breadwinner. This book needs to catch up with the times.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca L. Patton on August 21, 2000
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I didn't know where to even begin the divorce/custody process, but this book gave me the confidence to make the first appointment with the lawyer. It helped me not feel like such a "victim" and I felt much more knowledgeable and prepared. I didn't feel so much like I was at risk for being "led by the nose" by my lawyer, and it was indispensable in helping me stand up to the tactics of my husband. Everyone woman in a divorce situation should read this, especially those with children.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 22, 2004
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This is the most thorough and informative book on divorce issues that I have read. As a divorce attorney, I am always curious to know what other attorneys are thinking. Ms. Smith's perspective and commentary mirror much of my own experiences and conclusions. The book is easy to read and filled with relevant, realistic examples and practical advice. I highly recommend this book to both nonlawyers, who have a reason to learn about this subject and to lawyers so they can refine and expand their knowedge of the divorce process.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 28, 1999
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I am soon to be beginning the process. I will be initiating it. I read this book to gain insite into a woman's perspective and possible strategies.
I guess if you haven't read or learned much, this book can have some tremendous value. If you're somewhat knowledgeable about the process, it is good, but not the end all.
One thing to remember, only 1-2% of all divorce cases are tried in court. Yes, judges approve them, but the real work is with the lawyers.
It's clearly worth it price.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Grumpy Grandma on September 12, 2005
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Well written, easy to understand with loads of advice and comfort for those going through the challenges of a custody battle. The author shares some of her own experiences and leaves you with a feeling of hopeful optimism. I consider this a must-read for any parent going through a divorce. I thought that her comments on dressing for court and behavior during separation were common sense, but perhaps there are some readers who would need to understand better how their image and demeanor affect a judge's perception of them as a parent. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone trying to gain custody of their children.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Ilene Greenberg on October 13, 1999
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This book is an indispensable tool for any woman who is facing (or contemplating) a divorce with custody issues and who doesn't know how to even begin the process. It's a "comfort" book in the sense that it is precise and reassuring--almost a roadmap to follow-- especially when life seems out of control. This manual is a great resource to share with friends.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 10, 2003
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This book was an indispensable guide during my divorce and custody process. My husband had a better lawyer, but the knowledge I gained from this book was an equalizer.
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