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Turn to Nolo's Essential Guide to Divorce for clear answers that can help make your divorce simpler and reduce your expenses. You'll even learn how to successfully divorce with minimal help from an attorney.The book explains what you should expect through each stage of divorce — and how to handle it. This thorough guide will help you:

  • learn the difference between different types of divorce, including mediated, collaborative, and contested
  • how to identify and divide property and assets fairly
  • work with mediators or lawyers
  • avoid expensive and painful court battles
  • establish child custody and visitation
  • handle child support issues, including how support is paid and enforced
  • draft a marital settlement agreement
  • deal with divorce emergencies
  • address post-divorce issues
  • negotiate and settle spousal support

The updated edition includes new information on bankruptcy and foreclosure, and explains how both can affect divorce. Plus easy-to-use charts make it simple to find the divorce laws in your state.


"Anyone faced with divorce needs to run, not walk, to Nolo's Essential Guide to Divorce." BookWatch

About the Author

Emily 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.

Table of Contents

1. Getting Oriented

2. First Steps After You Decide to Divorce

3. When You Can Agree: Uncontested Divorce

4. Working It Out: Divorce Mediation

5. When You Can’t Agree: Contested Divorce and Trial

6. Custody Decisions and Parenting

7. Custody Disputes

8. Child Support

9. Yours, Mine, and Ours: Basics of Marital Property

10. Yours, Mine, and Uncle Sam’s: Dividing Property

11. Spousal Support and Health Insurance

12. Military Divorce: Special Issues

13. Getting It in Writing: Preparing Your Marital Settlement Agreement

14. Critical Care: When Things Really Go Wrong

15. After the Divorce

16. Getting Help, Finding Information, and Looking Stuff Up



Product Details

Doskow, Emily
Self Help-Divorce and Separation
Domestic Relations - Divorce & Separation
Edition Description:
Fourth Edition
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9 x 7 in 27.9 lb

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