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Make Any Divorce Better!: Specific Steps to Make Things Smoother, Faster, Less Painful, and Save You a Lot of Money Paperback – September 28, 2007


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  • Series: Make Any Divorce Better!
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Nolo Press Occidental; PAP/CDR edition (September 28, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0944508642
  • ISBN-13: 978-0944508640
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 7 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #364,570 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I read this book before filing for a divorce.
Anne K.
This book helped me to put things in perspective, to take the emotion out of it and think more logically.
CP Rosenthal
Most helpful is its very straightforward, but empathetic, approach.
Alesia

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Tracy Achen on April 30, 2008
Format: Paperback
"Make Any Divorce Better" gives a different perspective on divorce than most books currently available. Ed Sherman has a true understanding of the dynamics of divorce, and points out that ending a marriage is more than just a legal action. The "real" divorce involves disentangling yourself and your identity from your spouse (and this is where the real work begins). Luckily, you can avoid some of the emotional landmines that can result in a court battle by reading the helpful tips and strategies in this book.

For example, instead of automatically turning to a lawyer when you first consider divorce, Ed Sherman points out why it's best to analyze your situation and take things slowly. By trying to keep the divorce process as conflict-free as possible, most people are more satisfied with the outcome as compared to those who choose to battle it out in court.

The accompanying CD offers a lot of worksheets to help you gather information, develop a budget, and determine assets and debts. For potential custody battles, there is a childcare tasks worksheet to help show the degrees of parental involvement. You will also find a discharge of attorney form, sample settlement agreements, detailed and simple parenting plan agreements and worksheets, as well as child support guidelines and enforcement links. The post-divorce checklist will help jog your memory concerning of what needs to be taken care of after you get a divorce judgment. What is really nice about this CD is that you will be able to fill out the information and print out the worksheets for later reference.

While it would be nice if every divorce was amicable, "Make and Divorce Better" also give you strategies to help navigate divorce when faced with domestic abuse and high-conflict situations, as well as how to prepare yourself for a legal battle. This is definitely a book that I would recommend.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Margaret A. Mather on February 6, 2010
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During divorce, people get caught up in destructive emotions. This book helps keep things in perspective and lays out common sense ways to approach divorce. So good, I sent a copy to my soon-to-be ex.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anne K. on November 30, 2009
Format: Paperback
I read this book before filing for a divorce. It was unbelievably helpful and really gave me great alternatives and strategies for a more amicable situation. While my situation was not as complex as others, I feel as though this book is worth the read for anyone who is contemplating divorce or preparing to file for divorce.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Nye on March 29, 2011
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he author has been a family law lawyer since 1967 and he is the founder of Nolo Press. In 1971, Sherman wrote the book How to Do Your Own Divorce in California. Clearly, this is a man who knows his stuff.

This is not a book written for lawyers - it's strictly for lay people who want to represent themselves as much as possible in their divorce. In fact, Sherman bashes lawyers and the legal system so frequently and vehemently that it's difficult to believe he is a lawyer.

Take a look at some of these statements:

Problems in a divorce are almost never legal, almost always about personalities and emotions, for which there are absolutely no solutions in court or in a lawyer's office - zip, zero, nothing. In fact, getting involved with lawyers and courts almost always makes things worse instead of better.

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Neither the law nor attorneys who work in the law have tools to help solve divorce problems. In fact, the legal system and the way attorneys work is almost certain to make things worse. The legal system is based on conflict, arguing before a judge in order to win. You don't want more argument, you want less. Arguing doesn't settle anything. The legal route doesn't work, takes too long, costs too much, and leaves the parties wrung out and broke.

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The secret to a successful divorce is to minimize your use of the legal system and of the attorneys who work in it.

Are you starting to get the idea that Sherman doesn't think lawyers are needed in divorces?

Sherman claims that 90% of all divorce can be completed without court battles or high attorney fees.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James E. Richards on September 3, 2009
Format: Paperback
Very good job covering many aspects of divorce including addressing many different scenarios which may fit your situation. Also gives great advice about looking out for yourself (your mental and physical health) and keeping your sanity during these typically unsettling times. Provides very useful insight into the divorce process and if both parties involved follow the advice in this book, they will likely come to a quicker, more amiable conclusion that both can live with while saving thousands of dollars in legal fees. Also, the forms on the included disk are very useful and enlightening. I was able to get a very good estimate of the child support and alimony amounts.
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