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Now updated your realistic, reassuring guide to surviving divorce
Getting divorced is almost never easy, but this practical, plain-English guide helps you get through the proceedings with a minimum of stress and expense. It shows you the latest changes in collaborative divorces, common law and same-sex marriages, and even custody law and how to work out the terms so you can begin building a fulfilling postdivorce life.
- Understand the divorce process review the key issues and decisions, get your finances in order, and file the petition
Decide whether divorce is the best option weigh the pros and cons of separation, consider marriage counseling, and learn about annulments
Put things in motion initiate the proceedings, break the news to your spouse and children, and deal with your emotions
Make important and difficult decisions divide your assets and debts, make a case for spousal support, and get the best custody arrangement for your children
Protect yourself plan for life after divorce, safeguard your money, and take action if things turn unfriendly or dangerous
Avoid a divorce trial negotiate your own divorce, seek help from an attorney, and work with a mediator
Handle postdivorce challenges meet your financial obligations, deal with visitation and child support problems, and get your personal life back on track
Open the book and find:
- What to do before you file for divorce
Tips for finding a competent, affordable divorce attorney
Help for managing your finances during and after divorce
Advice on helping children cope
Divorce blogs, Web sites, and support groups
Ways to rebuild your life after divorce
How to utilize mediation when negotiations get rough
Alternatives to divorce
Since Divorce For Dummies, 2nd Edition published in 2005, there have been considerable changes in collaborative divorces, common law marriages, same sex marriages, visitation, and even custody laws (from children to pets). Divorce For Dummies, 3rd Edition includes 25 percent new, revised, and refreshed material covering all of the above.
About the Author
is a small business owner, bestselling author, and board-certified bankruptcy attorney. He is also a national authority on consumer and small business financial and legal problems.
Mary Reed is an author and journalist who has ghostwritten and coauthored several books on consumer law and money matters. She has also written for numerous publications.
Table of Contents
Part I: When Your Marriage Is on the Rocks.
Chapter 1: Divorce Fundamentals.
Chapter 2: Avoiding a Divorce.
Chapter 3: Getting Your Finances in Order.
Chapter 4: Putting Your Marriage On Hold with a Separation.
Part II: Getting Your Divorce Going.
Chapter 5: Taking the First Steps.
Chapter 6: Breaking the News to Your Kids.
Chapter 7: Handling the Emotions of Divorce.
Part III: Deciding the Basic Issues in Your Divorce.
Chapter 8: Dividing Your Assets and Your Debts.
Chapter 9: Considering Spousal Support.
Chapter 10: Choosing the Best Custody Arrangement for Your Kids.
Chapter 11: Using Child Support to Provide For Your Children.
Part IV: Working Out the Details of Your Divorce.
Chapter 12: Negotiating Your Own Divorce.
Chapter 13: Finding a Divorce Attorney.
Chapter 14: Working Hand in Hand with Your Attorney.
Chapter 15: Using Mediation to End Divorce Stalemates.
Chapter 16: Letting a Judge or Jury Decide the Details of Your Divorce.
Part V: After You’re Officially Divorced: Avoiding Problems and Handling Challenges.
Chapter 17: Focusing on Your Postdivorce Financial Life.
Chapter 18: Resolving the Stickiest Issues after Divorce.
Chapter 19: Putting Your Personal Life Back on Track.
Part VI: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 20: Ten Divorce to Check Out.
Chapter 21: Ten Ways to Help Your Kids Handle Your Divorce.
Chapter 22: Ten Tips for Getting On with Your Life.