Nolo's Essential Guide to Divorce

ISBN-10: 1413317170
ISBN-13: 9781413317176
Edition: 4th 2012 (Revised)
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Book details

List price: $24.99
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: NOLO
Publication date: 6/29/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 512
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.738
Language: English

Doskowis 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.

Introduction: Your Divorce Companion
Getting Oriented
Taking the High Road
Separation or Divorce?
Annulment
Family Court
Kinds of Divorces
Property, Custody, and Support
Getting Help From Experts
First Steps After You Decide to Divorce
Breaking the News
Where Will Everyone Live?
Gathering Financial Information
Managing Your Family's Money
Getting Legal and Other Professional Help Early
Taking Care of Yourself
When You Can Agree: Uncontested Divorce
Basics of the Uncontested Divorce
Summary Dissolution for Short-Term Marriages
Default Divorce
Preparing and Filing Legal Papers
How the Other Spouse Can Respond
Negotiating a Settlement and Preparing a Marital Settlement Agreement
Finalizing Your Uncontested Divorce
Working It Out: Divorce Mediation
Why Divorce Mediation Works
What Does Mediation Cost?
Is Mediation Right for You?
Suggesting Mediation to Your Spouse
Choosing a Mediator
Choosing and Working With a Lawyer
The Mediation Process
How to Make Your Mediation a Success
After the Mediation, the Paperwork
If Mediation Doesn't Work
When You Can't Agree: Contested Divorce arid Trial
Finding the Right Lawyer
Paying the Lawyer
Is Fault a Factor?
Getting Started
Gathering Information for Trial: Disclosures, Discovery, and Digging Up Dirt
Settle, Settle, Settle!
The Pretrial Conference
Anatomy of a Divorce Trial
After the Trial
Custody Decisions and Parenting
Physical and Legal Custody
The High Road: Agreeing With Your Spouse on a Parenting Plan
Helping Your Kids Cope With Divorce
Making Shared Parenting Work
Trying to Get Along With Your Ex
When It Comes to Divorce, Grownups Are Kids, Too
Custody Disputes
The Low Road: Fighting It Out in Court
How Courts Handle Custody Disputes
If the Custodial Spouse Interferes With Visitation
If One Parent Wants to Move Away
Drug and Alcohol Abuse
Child Support
Who Pays Support?
Temporary Support While the Divorce Is Pending
Working It Out Yourselves
How Courts Decide Support Amounts
Estimating Child Support in Your Family
How Support Is Paid Each Month
If You're the Recipient: Enforcing Child Support Orders
If You're the Paying Spouse
How Long Support Lasts
If Circumstances Change
Taxes and Your Children
Health Insurance
Yours, Mine, and Ours: Basics of Marital Property
Taking Inventory
What Property Gets Divided
Identifying Community Property
Getting Financial Information
Is Your Spouse Hiding Assets?
Yours, Mine, and Uncle Sam's: Dividing Property
You're in Control
How Judges Divide Property
What to Do With the House
Dividing Your Other Assets
What to Do With a Family Business
Dividing Debt
Tax Consequences of How You Divide Property
Retirement Benefits
Money Now and Later
Spousal Support and Health Insurance
Types of Spousal Support and How Long They Last
How Courts Set the Amount of Support
Negotiating Support With Your Spouse
Planning for Possible Disability or Death of the Supporting Spouse
Changing the Amount of Spousal Support Later
Tax Planning When You Pay or Receive Support
Keeping Health Insurance in Force
Military Divorce: Special Issues
Beginning a Divorce
The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act
Custody and Visitation
Support for Children and Spouses
Dividing Property
Pensions, Insurance, and Other Benefits
Tax Issues
Domestic Violence and Other Abuse
Postdivorce Follow-Up
Resources
Getting It in Writing: Preparing Your Marital Settlement Agreement
What It Is, What It Does
Creating the Agreement
Negotiations
Doing the Math
Consulting a Lawyer
Completing the Paperwork
Critical Care: When Things Really Go Wrong
Domestic Violence
Child Abuse
Kidnapping
Bankruptcy
After the Divorce
You're Not Done Yet: Ten Postdivorce Tasks You Can't Ignore
The Kid Connection
Modifying Spousal Support
Your Right to Social Security
Dating and New Relationships
Hope Springs Eternal: Remarriage
Getting Help and Helping Yourself
Getting Help, Finding Information, and Looking Stuff Up
More Great Books
Getting Divorce Information and Forms
Help With Negotiations
Financial Advice
Document Preparation Services
Legal Advice
Other Ways to Look Things Up
Appendix
Index

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