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Divorce After 50: Your Guide to the Unique Legal & Financial Challenges Paperback – April 6, 2010

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Matrimonial lawyer Green explores the special legal, monetary, and emotional burdens of a marital split that occurs after age 50. She covers how to select and work with an attorney, the choice of legal mechanisms for terminating a marriage, and how to work out a fair division of marital property. The discussion of postdivorce health-care coverage, retirement benefits, and estate planning is thorough and practical, and will enable readers to plan for the changes that may occur in those critical areas. Those looking for evidence that there is life on the other side of a gray divorce will appreciate the chapter of personal survival stories. Appendixes include guidance on inventorying assets and calculating living expenses, as well as a list of state insurance risk pool contacts. VERDICT By focusing on the exceptional concerns of the growing number of aging divorcés divorcées, this book fills a gap on the self-help divorce shelf. Essential for public libraries. (Joan Pedzich, Harris Beach PLLC, Rochester, NY, Library Journal 2010-04-01)

Dealing with Divorce after 50 -- health conditions, adult children, cheating and hidden assets! How aging affects your decisions. (KGO TV - ABC 7 San Francisco, CA -The View from the Bay 2010-06-07)

About the Author

Attorney Janice Green has practiced law for more than thirty years and is a 24-year partner in the top-rated law boutique firm, Farris & Green, in Austin, Texas. She is a Fellow in The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and is named to Best Lawyers in America. She is a frequent and popular family law lecturer, has published numerous articles for family law attorneys and has spoken to various professional groups. She lives in Texas.
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Product Details

  • Series: Divorce After 50: Your Guide to the Unique Legal & Financial
  • Paperback: 370 pages
  • Publisher: NOLO; 1 edition (April 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1413310818
  • ISBN-13: 978-1413310818
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,373,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is a godsend. It's very readable without being condescending or using legalese. It covers all the topics anyone should think about when getting divorced at an older age - such as how to think about assets and debts, step-children, estate planning and basic survival of a divorce! Fabulous. I highly recommend it.
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Whether or not you desire to divorce, if you are facing this situation in your fifties, there are many consequences, legal, financial and personal that you will want to consider as you work with your legal counsel. Everyone's situation is unique, and your attorney may be working on billable hours, meaning you should have your information, special requirements and questions in order before you go in for a meeting. In the confusion of the personal trauma (and whether or not you want a divorce, and have initiated it, there is trauma) you can forget what you need to know or to ask. This book is a valuable guide and if you are in divorce or considering it, I would strongly advise reading this excellent book. It is NOT a substitute for legal counsel but it is a valuable resource.
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Every NOLO book I've ever picked up has been very helpful and practical. This volume maintains the tradition. Very clear and pertinent advice for people going through the tragedy of divorce at an older age with special attention directed toward specific issues more common to folks over 50. Certainly not definitive (you'll still need a good attorney) but an excellent starting point.
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I got this book for my mother, who is currently separated from my father. She is not planning on a divorce at this time, but they are estranged, and she wanted to be prepared should the need arise. My mother tells me that this book is very informative. Being a Nolo book, it's not only extensive, but easy to read, as well. It covers every topic relating to divorce, and even mentions legal separation, all with a special view to persons nearing retirement age or older. It tells you what types of divorces exist, what sort of things you need to be collecting (such as proof of infidelity or abuse) and it may even help you make the all-important decision of whether to get a divorce or a legal separation. It answered questions that my mother didn't know to ask!

Highly recommended if you are middle-aged and find yourself in a situation where divorce might be pending. Get it well in advance, so you can be fully prepared for what you'll go through.
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This book is pretty good. It's focus is on people that are over 50, but NOT yet retired. I am 69 and my wife is 70, so this book did not have much to contribute to us. It is good for "still working" persons over 50 years old.
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Good book. But then nearly every book NOLO has ever published is worth reading, in my opinion. I deal with divorce every day and even after over 15 years in business, I learn something new by reading a new/different author (attorney Janice Green) or by looking at things from a unique perspective (divorcing after the age of 50). Divorce is such a huge topic and impacts such a wide scope of "stuff" (legal, financial, emotional, practical) that you really need a library of books to cover everything. If you are in your late 40s or older I would add this book to that library. And then still get state-specific help from someone in a position to know what goes on in your state. Jamie Thomas Divorce Network [...] / jthomas@divnet.com
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So you're over 50 and you want a divorce? Or you think you might want a divorce, or you're just considering all options... Whatever the "case" may be! LOL (pun intended!) A GREEAATT place to start is with a NOLO Press! With books or guides on topics too numerous to name, Nolo has "Best Sellers" in the areas of Corporate Records, Chapter 7, Online Will, Effective Fundraising for the Non-Profit, Starting and Running a Small Business, Planning Your Estate, Guide to Divorce, Legal Business Pro, Landlord's Tax Deduction, etc... Nolo makes it their business to help the consumer and small business get their legal questions answered.

This guide is written to the person over 50 who is considering divorce. What to do, what not to do, and what to look out for. Things the person might not have considered with friends and family members - the fact that you don't have confidentiality with these folks. Divorce as opposed to separation at an older age - what makes more sense, and why you might choose separation instead of divorce. "Getting it in writing!" Protecting yourself when your over 50 - this is no time to not play it safe! And SO much more!

In addition to their "guides" or books, they also have do-it-yourself software, and a web site which has a directory of lawyers in numerous specialties in each state. Nolo has been around since 1971, and has grown right along with technology. They're on Facebook, Twitter, they have 100 podcasts on itunes, short guides on Youtube to help select the right Nolo guide, and so so much more to help you explore, learn, and make the most of whatever you need to make the most of your legal experience.
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This was a very interesting read. As someone going thorugh a divorce I fond some of the information very helpful. Make sure you are aware of laws in your state as some of the advice may not apply. Listen to your attorney!!!
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