- 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: 9 x 7.1 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #733,552 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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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.
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm helping my son with a divorce and this book has been very helpful dealing with all of the forms that have been required to get the paperwork into the legal system. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Earle1944
I ordered from this vendor because this book was listed "very good" condition. It has lots of inked notes throughout & cover a bit soiled, some dog ears plus a separate... Read morePublished on March 5, 2014 by Suzanne Cornell
Before you talk to an attorney, read this book. Or at least the sections that are most pertinent to you. Read morePublished on November 10, 2013 by Alex
definitely need to read before you consider hiring a lawyer. The most important thing is to avoid going to courtPublished on February 5, 2013 by annonymous