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The groundbreaking alternative for the millions of couples with children who face divorce each year--couples who want to avoid litigation, but don't want to give up on getting what they want. Even under the best circumstances, divorce can be marked by a range of painful emotions. But research now reveals that how a couple conducts themselves during a divorce has far greater impact on their children than the act of divorcing itself. Groundbreaking and revolutionary, The Collaborative Way to Divorce is the first guide to the Collaborative process, a nationally acclaimed approach based on the concept that both spouses hire legal representation, yet agree to resolve their differences with no intention of ever going to court. Stressing cooperation over confrontation and resolution over revenge, Collaborative divorce is fast transforming how couples dissolve their marriages, divide their assets, and reinvent their post-divorce relationships, particularly when they have children.
A road map for late-life divorce. Divorce can be emotionally devastating at any time, but the emotional and financial challenges are even greater for people who divorce later in life and can face complicated issues of blended families, health care concerns, and retirement planning.
Going through a divorce is always tough, but when a child with special needs is involved it can be especially challenging. This book takes a clear and comprehensive look at every aspect of the legal divorce process, and addresses all of the legal issues that divorcing parents of children with special needs face. The author guides parents through the initial hurdles of choosing the right lawyer for their case, and explains exactly how to work with them to achieve the best possible outcome for all concerned. From agreeing upon child custody arrangements that meet the particular needs of the child, to making provision for child support payments, gathering together the documentation needed to prove a case, and dealing with financial issues such as debts and property distribution, no aspect of divorce is left uncovered. A set of checklists is included to ensure that parents consider everything they need to, and the book concludes with a useful list of further resources.
Get essential information on how to end a marriage fairly and inexpensively. This book guides you through a negotiated divorce, using divorce mediation, or an increasingly popular approach called collaborative divorce. Encouraging and straightforward, Divorce Without Court explains: how mediation works, how collaborative divorce works, how to maximize opportunities for settlement, how to get an agreement in writing, how to find and use advisors. Divorce Without Court provides the latest resources, contact information for state offices, national and regional organizations, and clear examples of what you can expect. With downloadable worksheets and checklists.
Written by family law experts, this book covers hundreds of legal issues. For couples, these issues include: Marriage requirements, prenuptial agreements, green cards for fiances, rights of same-sex partners, obligations for a spouse's debt, divorce, changing your name after marriage or divorce, and more. For children, these include: Rights of birth and adoptive parents and adopted children, foster care, guardianships, child support, custody and visitation, bullying, teenage run-ins with the law and juvenile court, and kids' rights when it comes to work, driving, and special education. For seniors: Government programs for health insurance and residential care, and essential estate planning documents such as a health care power of attorney.
Custody and Support: Get the Answers You Need When you're getting divorced, you can make a tough time easier for your children (and yourself) if you work with the other parent to draw up a custody plan and agree on child support. If you can't work out custody and support, you'll have to head to court and ask a judge to step in. Either way, Nolo's Essential Guide to Child Custody & Support can help. You'll learn: how negotiation and mediation can keep costs down, ease the transition for kids, and improve future dealings with your ex, where to find your state's child support guidelines, how judges make custody decisions, how to enforce and change custody and support orders, how court trials work, what military families need to know, when you need a lawyer and how to work with one. You'll also find specifics about each state's laws, including what factors courts consider when they rule on custody arrangements, and what happens when one parent wants to move away with the children.
Divorce is never easy for anyone in the family. But with the information and guidance in Nolo's Essential Guide to Divorce, you can make the process as simple, inexpensive, and conflict-free as possible. With compassion and expertise, family law attorney Emily Doskow explains how to make divorce less painful by helping you: understand the divorce process, minimize day-to-day conflict with your spouse, work with lawyers or mediators without breaking the bank, avoid costly, exhausting court battles, and stay calm and make good decisions. You'll learn about your legal rights and options and how to tackle the tough issues, including: child support, child custody, alimony, dividing property, including pensions and real estate, and drafting a marital settlement agreement.
Surviving Divorce is a practical and easy-to-use guide to the legal process of divorce and its many complications. In clear, straightforward language, this book explains what the laws of divorce and custody mean and how they work. It also includes common-sense advice to help individuals and their families weather the physical, emotional, and spiritual stresses of divorcing.
This book is designed to let parents know their legal rights and to help them understand the court system. Most parents think that once a decree for support has been ordered, that all is over. However, often that is just the beginning. Getting the support that was mandated, in the amount that was stated, in the manner that was determined necessary and in the time indicated are often major issues that must be continually confronted for the good of the children. In addition to covering all of the basics, Your Right to Child Custody, Visitation and Support also examines current hot topics such as parental kidnapping, child support enforcement and when one of the parents is in the armed forces. The book also includes sample forms.