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Product Details

  • Paperback: 130 pages
  • Publisher: (November 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615637094
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615637099
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,676,728 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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According to Sewell, divorce is a game, but its players shouldn't be spouses opposing one another; rather, the author contends, divorcing couples must view themselves as a team taking on the costly and soulless divorce industry. The book begins with an outline of current divorce models, from those negotiated entirely without lawyers to those dragged through the overburdened family law courts. Sewell outlines the basic structures and drawbacks of each, and she's particularly against taking divorce to court, telling court-bound couples to "open your wallet, hug your kids, and hold on.You're about to enter one of the worst legal processes we've created." Though the author acknowledges that court or other standard methods of divorce may be the best choices for some couples, her central argument is that, for most people, there's a better way: fair negotiation through financial planning.Of the financial counseling business she runs, Sewell writes: "We strongly encourage you to do something radical and get your complete financial analysis and several scenarios before going to see an attorney." Through a series of examples and anecdotes, she builds a convincing case for making professional financial planning the centerpiece of a successful divorce.

About the Author

Bonnie A. Sewell, CFP®, CDFA™, AIF® has been a Certified Financial Planner for families since 1992. As a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst designation, CDFA™, she also works with divorcing couples. She currently serves as President on the Board of Directors for the non-profit Loudoun Therapeutic Riding ( Bonnie believes divorce is not a gender issue, it's a family issue ~ she helps divorced clients (both men and women) keep and grow their settlements.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By KCW on January 11, 2013
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I have two extended family members who are dealing with divorce, so I shared Love-Jacked by Bonnie Ashby Sewell with them to see if there were words of wisdom within its pages. We all found this book to be a sensible and easy read! I always thought that when ending a divorce, you HAVE to have an attorney involved with distributing the couples' assets. Apparently, you can work with a financial adviser and as long as both parties agree (or A.G.R.E.E., as Sewell's trademark strategy is called) you can get around the court system with less aggravation and expense. Sewell shares her own experiences--as well as her financial clients--in a warm and positive way to present a plan for taking the better road in ending a terrible situation. And you can avoid spending a lot of money on lawyers and court fees? Wouldn't that be nice!!

Divorce is so unpleasant and I hate to see my friends and family going through it, but if they have to end their marriages I would hope they could do so without either party getting financially gauged. More importantly, Sewell addresses the need to minimize the collateral damage of divorce--children--and how to make things better for them, too. Pets and business assets are also discussed.

I think this book offers an interesting alternative to the cold judicial way of ending a marriage. One of my fore mentioned relatives is in an abusive situation. Sewell says her strategy (understandably) won't work when there is criminal behavior involved. But for people in a marriage that just isn't going to make it anymore and decide "We're better than this!", the AGREE approach is definitely worth looking into.
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