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The complete divorce handbook : a practical guide
Sember, Brette McWhorter
Adult Nonfiction HQ814 .S425 2009

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ContentsPage
Introductionp. 1
1 - Do You Want or Need a Divorce?p. 5
Reasons for Divorcep. 6
How to Decidep. 7
Marriage and Family Therapyp. 9
Individual Therapyp. 12
Domestic Violencep. 12
Telling Your Spousep. 13
Trial Separationp. 14
Understanding What Divorce Really Meansp. 15
The Effects of Divorcep. 17
The Costs of Divorcep. 20
Divorce and Common-Law Marriagep. 23
If You Do Not Want a Divorcep. 25
2 - Legal Separationp. 26
Legal versus Non-Legal Separationp. 26
How to Get a Legal Separationp. 28
Reasons for a Legal Separationp. 30
The Separation Agreementp. 30
What a Legal Separation Meansp. 31
How to Live under a Separation Agreementp. 32
Separation as a Prelude to a No-Fault Divorcep. 34
Undoing a Separationp. 35
3 - Family Courtp. 37
Family Court Basicsp. 37
How Family Court Can Help Youp. 37
Family Court versus Divorce Courtp. 38
How to Access Family Courtp. 39
Preparing Family Court Documentsp. 39
Family Court Hearingsp. 40
What Family Court Cannot Do for Youp. 40
4 - First Steps in a Divorcep. 41
Protect Yourself and Your Childrenp. 41
Talk to Your Childrenp. 43
Tell the Important People in Your Lifep. 44
Protect Your Assetsp. 46
Control Your Spendingp. 49
The Marital Residencep. 54
How to Find an Attorneyp. 55
How to Evaluate an Attorneyp. 55
How to Afford an Attorneyp. 57
How to Handle a Divorce Yourselfp. 58
Deciding What Type of Divorce You Wantp. 59
How to Begin the Divorce Processp. 61
5 - The Divorce Court Processp. 64
Understanding How Courts Workp. 64
Understanding the Roles of All the Playersp. 65
How to Approach Your Divorce Casep. 66
Groundsp. 66
Covenant Marriagep. 67
Service of Processp. 69
How to Respondp. 70
Forms and Feesp. 71
Proceduresp. 72
How to Streamline the Processp. 73
How to Behave in Court and at Trialp. 74
Trial Proceduresp. 75
Name Changesp. 76
Removal of Barriers to Remarriagep. 76
6 - Divorce Mediationp. 77
How Mediation Worksp. 78
How to Decide If Mediation Can Work for Youp. 79
Benefits of Mediationp. 80
Drawbacks of Mediationp. 82
Costsp. 84
Mediator Qualificationsp. 85
How to Find a Mediatorp. 86
Why You Need an Attorney, as Wellp. 87
Other Professionals and Mediationp. 87
Court-Ordered Mediationp. 88
Preparing for Mediationp. 89
Moving Mediation Alongp. 90
The End Result of Mediationp. 95
What to Do If Mediation Is Not Successfulp. 96
7 - Other Alternatives to Divorce Trialsp. 97
Arbitrationp. 97
Collaborative Lawp. 98
Co-Mediationp. 100
Shuttle Mediationp. 100
Attorney-Assisted Mediationp. 101
Long-Distance Mediationp. 102
Negotiating on Your Ownp. 102
8 - Children and Divorcep. 104
Helping Your Children through the Initial Separationp. 104
Types of Custodyp. 105
How Custody Is Determinedp. 106
Siblingsp. 107
Supervised Visitationp. 107
Parenting Classesp. 108
Co-Parentingp. 108
Deciding Where Your Children Will Livep. 109
How to Create a Parenting Planp. 110
UCCJEAp. 113
Grandparent Rightsp. 114
Relocationp. 114
How to Deal with the Other Parentp. 115
Uncooperative Parentsp. 117
Helping Your Children Cope with Parental Conflictp. 118
What to Do When You Can't Agree about the Parenting Planp. 119
How to Prepare for a Custody Trialp. 120
Working with the Law Guardian, or Guardian ad litemp. 122
Helping Kids Cope after a Divorcep. 123
Cooperating and Coordinating with the Other Parentp. 123
Functioning as a Single Parentp. 124
Embryosp. 126
9 - Dividing Your Assets and Debtsp. 127
How to Think about Property Divisionp. 127
Marital versus Separate Assetsp. 129
Your State Laws about Dividing Propertyp. 130
Prenuptial Agreementsp. 132
Finding Propertyp. 132
Valuing Propertyp. 133
Special Considerationsp. 134
How to Divide Household and Personal Goodsp. 134
Real Estatep. 136
Businessesp. 138
Social Security and Pensionsp. 139
Investmentsp. 140
Petsp. 141
Debtp. 141
Non-Concrete Assetsp. 142
Tax Consequencesp. 144
Dividing Your Property Yourselvesp. 145
The Sneaky Spousep. 145
Preparing for a Trial about Propertyp. 146
10 - Child Supportp. 148
How Child Support Is Calculatedp. 148
Duration of Supportp. 152
Other Expenses That Can Be Court-Orderedp. 153
How Child Support Is Paidp. 154
The Purpose of Child Supportp. 155
Negotiating Child Supportp. 158
Tax and Bankruptcy Implicationsp. 160
Preparing for a Child-Support Hearingp. 161
Modifying Child Supportp. 162
The High Costs of Not Paying Child Supportp. 162
11 - Spousal Supportp. 164
How Alimony Is Calculatedp. 165
Duration of Supportp. 167
How Spousal Support Is Paidp. 167
Modifying Alimonyp. 168
Life Insurancep. 169
Health Insurancep. 169
Tax and Bankruptcy Implicationsp. 170
12 - Emotional and Practical Implications of Divorcep. 173
Dealing with Friendsp. 173
Dealing with Familyp. 174
Asking for What You Needp. 176
Living Alonep. 177
Managing on One Incomep. 180
Waiting through the Long Divorce Processp. 183
Self-Esteemp. 184
Depressionp. 184
Angerp. 185
Griefp. 185
Being Responsible for Yourself and Your Childrenp. 186
Working after Divorcep. 186
13 - After the Divorcep. 188
Finalization of the Divorcep. 188
Your Right to Appealp. 189
How to Deal with Your Emotionsp. 189
Helping Your Children Adjustp. 190
Putting Yourself Back Together Financiallyp. 191
Completing Paperwork to Comply with Court Ordersp. 191
Paperwork Changes to Protect Yourselfp. 192
Gathering Documentsp. 193
Name Change, Revisitedp. 194
Taxesp. 196
Rewriting Important Documentsp. 196
Obtaining a Religious Annulmentp. 197
Enforcing Child Supportp. 197
Enforcing Alimony and Property Divisionp. 198
Enforcing Other Ordersp. 199
Making Changes to the Parenting Planp. 199
Moving Past Your Divorcep. 200
Planning for Your Futurep. 201
Appendix A - Resourcesp. 202
Books and Magazinesp. 202
Web Sites and Organizationsp. 203
State Bar Associationsp. 206
State Collaborative Law Associationsp. 209
State and Local Mediation Associationsp. 210
Appendix B - Sample Formsp. 216
Sample Separation Agreementp. 217
Sample Summonsp. 231
Sample Affidavit of Servicep. 232
Sample Response or Answerp. 233
Sample Request for Trialp. 235
Sample Simplified Divorce Settlementp. 236
Sample Judgment of Divorcep. 244
Sample Agreement to Mediatep. 253
Appendix C - Frequently Asked Questionsp. 257
Alimonyp. 257
Annulmentp. 258
Appealsp. 259
Assetsp. 260
Attorneysp. 262
Child Supportp. 264
Childrenp. 267
Counselingp. 270
Debtsp. 271
Groundsp. 271
Household Expensesp. 272
Jurisdictionp. 272
Otherp. 273
Procedurep. 273
Separationp. 275
Servicep. 276
Indexp. 278


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