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Nolo's Essential Guide to Divorce Paperback – September 5, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1413312553 ISBN-10: 1413312551 Edition: 3rd

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Product Details

  • Series: Nolo's Essential Guide to Divorce
  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: NOLO; 3 edition (September 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1413312551
  • ISBN-13: 978-1413312553
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #744,126 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A great basic reader" (Huffington Post 2011-02-22)

"Your best bet is to read as many books on the subject that you can. Nolo has a great basic reader entitled, Nolo's Essential Guide to Divorce" (Psychology Today 2010-11-14)

About the Author

Doskow is a practicing attorney and mediator who has worked with families in the Bay Area for more than 15 years. She specializes in family law, including adoption, parentage issues, domestic partnership formation and dissolution, and divorce. She is a graduate of the Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley.

More About the Author

Emily Doskow is a practicing attorney and mediator who has worked with families in the Bay Area since 1989. She is the author of Nolo's Essential Guide to Divorce, the co-author of Making It Legal: A Guide to Same-Sex Marriage, Domestic Partnership & Civil Unions and The Sharing Solution: How to Save Money, Simplify Your Life & Build Community, and the editor of many Nolo titles, including Divorce Without Court: A Guide to Mediation and Collaborative Divorce and the bestselling Neighbor Law: Fences, Trees Boundaries & Noise. She specializes in family law, including adoption, parentage issues, domestic partnership formation and dissolution, and divorce. She is a graduate of the Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley.
Emily blogs on the ever-changing laws that affect gays and lesbians at Queer Justice: Nolo's LGBT Law Blog. She also blogs on marriage, adoption, parenting, divorce, child custody and child support at Nolo's Divorce, Custody & Family Law Blog, and on practical tips for sharing everything from lawnmowers and land to time and information at The Sharing Solution.

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While going through a divorce can be difficult, this book shows that there are real, concrete ways to make it less so.
Linda G.
Feels strange to say I recommend a book on Divorce but in general I've found most NOLO guides to be very helpful and well worth the money.
AlexJouJou
This book will take you through the legal process of divorce as well discussing the social, emotional, and financial processes.
Jessica Lux

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

43 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Jessica Lux on April 5, 2007
Format: Paperback
The Nolo Press is a 35-year leader in self-help legal books. Anyone facing a divorce needs to obtain a copy of this reference guide immediately, regardless of whether the divorce will be amicable, grudingly co-operative, or combative. This book will take you through the legal process of divorce as well discussing the social, emotional, and financial processes. It is a thorough guide in plain language and you'll want to keep a highlighter and some post-it flags handy for marking relevant passages.

Nolo recommends mediation before litigation if at all possible, to save money and effort. The authors remind the reader that lawyers do not have the consumer's best interest at heart--their first priority is to protect themselves from malpractice lawsuits, and so they will be as thorough (and costly) as possible to meet that need. If both spouses read this book, it can provide an important wake-up call about saving as much money as possible for themselves and their children by pursuing divorce through mediation and co-operation. If your spouse is antagonistic, this book will tell you how to ensure that your best interests are covered when you hire a lawyer, and how to make the legal process work as smoothly as possible.

If you live in California and are fortunate enough to have an uncontested divorce, you can save thousands of dollars in legal fees by using the Nolo book and CD-ROM How to Do Your Own Divorce in California.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Linda G. on October 4, 2006
Format: Paperback
While going through a divorce can be difficult, this book shows that there are real, concrete ways to make it less so. The book is well organized. Written in plain English, it's also easy to understand. It offers good tips and links to other valuable resources. The book provides important guidelines for managing finances, preparing and filing legal papers, dividing property and more. The author continually stresses the importance of taking the high road, which helps keep the flame low on a potentially volatile situation. When both parties are in respectful relationship to each other, she writes, it helps ease the process and make for a smoother transition after the divorce, which is especially important when there are children to consider.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on December 11, 2006
Format: Paperback
Anyone faced with divorce needs to run, not walk, to Nolo's Essential Guide to Divorce, an updated legal resource which covers everything from the process and working with mediators and lawyers to how alimony, child support, and division of money and property are calculated. Also learn how to avoid court battles and draft a marital settlement agreement on your own - and learn common post-divorce issues which threaten such arrangements - in a guide written by an attorney-mediator in private practice who surveys everything from religion to property division laws. Public libraries in particular must have this.

Diane C. Donovan

California Bookwatch
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Janet Goldberg on September 15, 2010
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This book is what I expected from Nolo: good, concise information about divorce without delving into a ton of detail about any one topic. I would give it four and half stars if that was possible. My only criticism was that I found that it fell short when it comes to the particular requirements of certain states. I am a California resident, and I simply needed more information about community property law and how the process works here. Having said that, Emily Doskow is a very good writer, and she makes it all quite digestible.

As I noted in another book review, if I had to pick two books for California residents to read, this would be one of them. The other book would be Divorce for Grownups: A Comprehensive Guide to Divorce in California by David Magnuson. While Nolo's general approach to divorce in the United States is helpful, I wanted more information about the process I face in California and the particular laws of my state. The author of Divorce for Grownups closed that gap for me. To summarize, I recommend that readers who live in California considering purchasing both books. One is a good general primer. The other is a helpful guide to divorcing in California.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Cipriani VINE VOICE on September 20, 2010
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The latest edition of Nolo's divorce guide is full of relevant, useful and relevant information in the unfortunate event one finds themself going through a divorce. Not only is the information practical, but one of the hallmarks of any Nolo publication -- and this book is no exception -- is that all the information provided is accurate.

While divorce law can be very complex, Nolo makes it for the most part easy to understand and, should you find your divorce to be of the very simple variety, you can probably do it yourself and save a lot of money just by using this book. If you go engage the services of an attorney, reading this book will give you the knowledge you need to not only understand your lawyer, but enable you to ask meaningful and relevant questions about the divorce process as it relates to your personal case and to participate fully.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By carolynpepsi on August 29, 2014
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Since I am a dog who is going through a divorce, I knew this was the right book for me the moment I saw it.

Trying to divide the bones has been difficult. My spouse keeps burying them in the yard, so I keep having to go back and sniff them all out, and dig them up - talk about a messy divorce.

I am hoping to reach a custody agreement where I can really have some quality time with the puppies. They grow up so fast; one day they're new pups, and seemingly one year later, they're already seven.

I recommend this for other dogs who, like me, are scrappy. Arf!
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