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Divorce Without Court: A Guide to Mediation & Collaborative Divorce Paperback – June 22, 2006
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"A comprehensive, step-by-step guide through the process for people who want to avoid the expense and damage of litigation." -- Chip Rose, author of Collaborative Family Law Practice
"Finally arealistic and balanced approachto getting divorced without costly court battles. This accessible book takes divorcing couples through the entireprocess." -- Gary Friedman, author of A Guide to Divorce Mediation
About the Author
Katherine E. Stoner is an attorney/mediator in private practice with the firm of Stoner, Welsh & Schmidt in Pacific Grove, California. In addition to mediation, her practice includes consulting attorney services for clients who are in mediation. Ms. Stoner is a Certified Family Law Specialist, who teaches community property at Monterey College of Law and is on the training staff of the Center for Mediation and Law in Mill Valley, California. She has lectured extensively on family law and mediation and has been interviewed by major media including NBC's Today Show.
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I'm in the middle of my personal drama -- and I'm @#$% glad I read this book first.
Whenever I have a client who comes to me for a divorce mediation, I make them read this book. They really thank me...they should thank Nolo!
It does include same-sex case scenarios or domestic partnerships as well as more traditionally recognized marriage.
The book discusses options for proceeding to divorce without the expense of court through the process of mediation or collaboration. One key feature of these processes is that the divorcing couple actually decides the outcome, with help from the mediator or attorneys. The laws that would dictate the result in a courtroom do not necessarily apply. Because of this, the book doesn't provide clear guidance on how to split assets --
The Role of Mediation and Collaborative Law in the Divorce Process
What Happens in Mediation
What Happens in Collaborative Divorce
Deciding to Mediate or Collaborate
Proposing Mediation or Collaboration
Finding a Mediator or Collaborative Attorney
Using Advisers and Doing Legal Research
Preparing for the First SEssion
Communicating & Negotiating
Writing the Agreement
Women & Men, Unmarried Couples
Mediation and Collaboration After Divorce
There are plenty of worksheets to use for recording issues, outlining concerns, etc. Particularly unique are the model letters from one spouse to the other suggesting mediation or collaboration.
Overall, useful to review if you're contemplating a collaborative divorce. Less useful if you're looking for specific guidance on splitting the assets & liabilities.