Divorce For Dummies

Divorce For Dummies

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By (author) John Ventura, By (author) Mary Reed

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  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
  • Format: Paperback | 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 185mm x 231mm x 25mm | 544g
  • Publication date: 12 March 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Chicester
  • ISBN 10: 0470411511
  • ISBN 13: 9780470411513
  • Edition: 3, Revised
  • Edition statement: 3rd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: ill

Product description

Since "Divorce For Dummies, Second 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, Third Edition" includes 25 percent new, revised, and refreshed material covering all of the above.

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Author information

John Ventura 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.

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Now updated -- your realistic, reassuring guide to surviving divorceGetting 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 petitionDecide whether divorce is the best option -- weigh the pros and cons of separation, consider marriage counseling, and learn about annulmentsPut things in motion -- initiate the proceedings, break the news to your spouse and children, and deal with your emotionsMake important and difficult decisions -- divide your assets and debts, make a case for spousal support, and get the best custody arrangement for your childrenProtect yourself -- plan for life after divorce, safeguard your money, and take action if things turn unfriendly or dangerousAvoid a divorce trial -- negotiate your own divorce, seek help from an attorney, and work with a mediatorHandle postdivorce challenges -- meet your financial obligations, deal with visitation and child support problems, and get your personal life back on trackOpen the book and find: What to do before you file for divorceTips for finding a competent, affordable divorce attorneyHelp for managing your finances during and after divorceAdvice on helping children copeDivorce blogs, Web sites, and support groupsWays to rebuild your life after divorceHow to utilize mediation when negotiations get roughAlternatives to divorce