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The House Matters in Divorce: Untangling the Legal, Financial and Emotional Ties Before You Sign on the Dotted Line

The House Matters in Divorce: Untangling the Legal, Financial and Emotional Ties Before You Sign on the Dotted Line Lowest new price: $11.21
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Author: Laurel Starks

In divorce, deciding what to do with the house can become a source of strife, confusion, and financial ruin. Most are unprepared for the legal and financial ramifications about keeping or selling their home—their most important financial asset.

Divorce is stressful enough by itself. In the midst of other traumas, many divorcing people discover that they aren’t just married to a spouse—they’re also tied to their home and a mortgage, too. Their most financially and emotionally important asset can become a source of strife, confusion, anxiety—and all too often, financial ruin.

As they discover, it’s not enough to divorce their former partner; they must divorce the house—a treacherous process, fraught with risks and unexpected challenges. Navigating it successfully requires expert help—and the kind of practical information provided in this book. Few people fully understand the complexities of real estate transactions, let alone their long-term ramifications. These matters take on even greater weight when they occur in the context of a wrenching, perhaps acrimonious breakup.

The House Matters in Divorceis a comprehensive guide written by an expert in divorce real estate that addresses all these issues, from the emotional impact to the dollars-and-cents details. It provides a framework of knowledge that will empower divorcing spouses to emerge financially sound and prepared for the future.

The result is a well-rounded view of what divorcing partners can expect, and concrete advice on how to manage the process.

Laurel Starks lives with her husband and two boys in Rancho Cucamonga, California.

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Nolo's Essential Guide to Divorce

Nolo's Essential Guide to Divorce Lowest new price: $5.00
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Author: Emily Doskow Attorney
Brand: Nolo

Divorce guidance you can count on

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.
The 6th edition is completely updated with the latest state rules on divorce.

Features:

  • Nolo

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Confessions of a Divorce Assassin: What you really need to know about your case, your kids, and your lawyer

Confessions of a Divorce Assassin: What you really need to know about your case, your kids, and your lawyer Lowest new price: $14.95
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Author: David Crum

Attorney David Crum spent years as a “divorce assassin,” an attorney who wins for his clients at all costs, regardless of the consequences. In the world of divorce, these lawyers learn to utilize the court system to their advantage, how to delay or speed up a case, how to get the best performance from their clients, and how to get the best results. Despite the harm they might cause to families, the divorce assassin is often sought out by clients as the pinnacle of representation, and David was at the very top of his game. But all that was about to change. When David takes on a client who, despite tremendous pain and betrayal in her relationship, seeks a better way to divorce, one that keeps her finances and family intact and healthy, David is forced to re-assess not only his own role in the legal system, but what it really means to be a divorce attorney. Confessions of a Divorce Assassin is the story of one lawyer’s journey from the often devastating “normal” process of divorce, to a client focused system in which the family comes first, and cases are resolved that allow everyone to “win.” David shares valuable insider information about what you should know, how you should proceed, and how you can keep your family healthy even when divorce is inevitable. This is a must read for anyone considering divorce or caught in the divorce process.


How To Profit From Your Divorce

How To Profit From Your Divorce Lowest new price: $14.99
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Author: P. A. Ross

We cordially invite you to read P. A. Ross’s common sense guide to divorce: how to do it well and how to profit from it.

Over 40% of marriages will end in divorce in the UK, with one in three lives now affected by it. In the US, around 50% of unions will be dissolved. For most couples, ending a marriage is an upsetting, expensive and potentially devastating process which can leave them worse off, both emotionally and financially. Children, family, savings and relationships all hang in the balance, as former partners engage in expensive legal discourse.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. Author P. A. Ross’s own experience of divorce moved him to help others coping with separation, to enable divorcees of the future to part more amicably and without the bitterness that the existing process can create. How To Profit From Your Divorce is the culmination of Ross’s research, combined with his expertise in finance and corporate enterprise, and is designed to support, inspire and motivate the millions of people affected by divorce to make getting divorced quicker and fairer. 

Written by the client for the client, How To Profit From Your Divorce aims to help reduce the cost of divorce, delivering a compelling plan that will allow you to rebuild your life and your wealth. By putting the important things in life like family and children first, and with careful planning and tenacity, you too can tackle divorce head on and starting living your new life with confidence.

www.paul-ross.com

Part of the proceeds from this book will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Society.  

"You have done a brilliant job. If only my clients were empowered with your knowledge… oh yes, they can be. As a matrimonial solicitor, we focus on our client’s financial needs and nothing more. There is little pastoral care or tailoring advice for their future. Your book is the missing link." Sonia Ashley - UK Family Lawyer & Notary Public 

"Your story gives me hope that where I may have failed to 'strengthen the family values' I hope your book helps many more. It has lifted me and reinforced my need to share my lessons learned. I wanted you to know that your book gives encouragement."              Mary Krauel - Canadian Divorcee


Divorced from Reality: Rethinking Family Dispute Resolution (Families, Law, and Society)

Divorced from Reality: Rethinking Family Dispute Resolution (Families, Law, and Society) Lowest new price: $36.17
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Author: Jane C. Murphy

Over the past thirty years, there has been a dramatic shift in the way the legal system approaches and resolves family disputes. Traditionally, family law dispute resolution was based on an “adversary” system: two parties and their advocates stood before a judge who determined which party was at fault in a divorce and who would be awarded the rights in a custody dispute. Now, many family courts are opting for a “problem-solving” model in which courts attempt to resolve both legal and non-legal issues. 
 
At the same time, American families have changed dramatically. Divorce rates have leveled off and begun to drop, while the number of children born and raised outside of marriage has increased sharply. Fathers are more likely to seek an active role in their children’s lives. While this enhanced paternal involvement benefits children, it also increases the likelihood of disputes between parents. As a result, the families who seek legal dispute resolution have become more diverse and their legal situations more complex.  
 
In Divorced from Reality, Jane C. Murphy and Jana B. Singer argue that the current "problem solving" model fails to address the realities of today's families. The authors suggest that while today’s dispute resolution regime may represent an improvement over its more adversary predecessor, it is built largely around the model of a divorcing nuclear family with lawyers representing all parties—a model that fits poorly with the realities of today's disputing families. To serve the families it is meant to help, the legal system must adapt and reshape itself.

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Michigan Divorce Book: A Guide to Doing an Uncontested Divorce without an Attorney (with minor children)

Michigan Divorce Book: A Guide to Doing an Uncontested Divorce without an Attorney (with minor children) Lowest new price: $18.00
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Author: Alan Bloomfeld

Now there's a low-cost divorce alternative ― The Michigan Divorce Book. With background information about divorce, step-by-step instructions, filled-in sample divorce forms and blank tear-out divorce forms, The Michigan Divorce Book is a complete do-it-yourself kit for doing an uncontested divorce in Michigan. Can you join the thousands of people who have used The Michigan Divorce Book to do their own divorces without laywers? See Chapter 1 to find out if your divorce is uncontested and whether it's easy enough to do yourself.

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Divorce & Money: How to Make the Best Financial Decisions During Divorce (Divorce and Money)

Divorce & Money: How to Make the Best Financial Decisions During Divorce (Divorce and Money) Lowest new price: $19.77
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Author: Violet Woodhouse Attorney CFLS

All the information you need to split assets, easily and fairly.

Major financial decisions are often overwhelming, but they can feel downright impossible when you’re in the midst of a divorce. Turn to Divorce & Money, the acclaimed guide that translates complex financial concepts into plain language. Learn to divide assets during your divorce and avoid making financial mistakes that could affect you for the rest of your life.

  • Create a cash flow statement using your income and expenses.
  • Learn how to uncover your spouse’s financial information.
  • Determine the value of real estate, retirement accounts, and other assets.
  • Decide whether to keep or sell the house.
  • Understand how child support and alimony are calculated.
  • Divide your property and debts fairly.
  • Negotiate a comprehensive settlement.
  • Achieve financial stability after divorce.
  • Learn when and how to talk to a professional (attorney, tax adviser, or appraiser).
The 12th edition is updated with the latest tax figures and information about retirement benefits.

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The Forensic Accounting Deskbook: A Practical Guide to Financial Investigation and Analysis for Family Lawyers

The Forensic Accounting Deskbook: A Practical Guide to Financial Investigation and Analysis for Family Lawyers Lowest new price: $94.90
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Author: Miles Mason Sr.

Making complex accounting terminology easy to understand, this book provides an introduction to the core financial concepts in divorce, such as asset identification, classification and valuation, income determination, and expenses. In clear, accessible language, this book offers step-by-step guidance while also exploring strategic concerns appropriate for high-asset and high-conflict cases. It connects the dots among the interrelated topics of subpoena practice, accounting, depositions, methodology, financial statements, tax returns, testimony, expert reports, and how to effectively use financial data obtained in discovery.

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Lifestyle Analysis in Divorce Cases: Investigating Spending and Finding Hidden Income and Assets

Lifestyle Analysis in Divorce Cases: Investigating Spending and Finding Hidden Income and Assets Lowest new price: $105.15
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Author: Tracy Coenen

With cases often involving complex financial matters, a financial expert or forensic accountant can play an integral part in a divorce case. One of the most important tools they can use is a lifestyle analysis, a component being employed in an increasing number of divorces. As described in Lifestyle Analysis in Divorce Cases, this analysis is the process of tabulating and analyzing the income and expenses of the parties, and to confirm or refute income claims made by the spouse. A lifestyle analysis is then used to determine the standard of living of the parties, which will influence important support calculations and often property division, and help form the basis for calculating the level of support necessary for the spouse to maintain a similar lifestyle after divorce. Additionally, lifestyle analysis can uncover hidden sources of income and be used to evaluate the finances of each party in a prenuptial agreement.

Author Tracy Coenen discusses these subjects in a manner that is logical and easy to understand, bringing clarity to a topic that can be confusing for attorneys, judges, and juries who often lack an accounting or finance background. The book begins with the critical factors to use in analyzing a couple's standard of living, followed by a discussion about the various types of income and why they should be either included or excluded from calculations in a family law case.

To help an attorney determine whether a lifestyle analysis is necessary for a particular case, the author discusses the numerous red flags that may indicate hidden income or assets or other financial irregularities, including sources for obtaining information, the documents needed for a lifestyle analysis and a strategy for gathering and managing these documents, and discovery from the perspective of the financial expert. Additional chapters focus on key elements included in a lifestyle analysis, including:

  • Analyzing historical spending
  • Locating hidden assets
  • Business lifestyle analysis
  • Reporting and testifying

Appendices include a financial discovery checklist, sample Form 1040 and Schedule A, and a sample net worth analysis.

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DivorceMadeSimple: The Ultimate Guide by a Former Family Judge (Volume 1)

DivorceMadeSimple: The Ultimate Guide by a Former Family Judge (Volume 1) Lowest new price: $12.99
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Author: Linda D. Schoonover

Don't make another decision until you read DIVORCE MADE SIMPLE -- THE ULTIMATE GUIDE If you're thinking of filing for divorce or are in the middle of one, this book is for you! Written by a former divorce judge and attorney with more than thirty years experience of family law experience Schoonover navigates you through your divorce and steers you away from unnecessary delays and obstacles that threaten your financial and personal well-being. Practical advice, unique insight into the court system, and hot tips to empower you with or without an attorney- to move through your divorce with confidence and clear direction. You'll discover the answers to these issues and more: * If divorce is your best or only alternative * If your marriage is irretrievably broken * The short term and long term costs of divorce * How to reduce your attorneys fees from day one *What to expect at your final hearing *How to file a petition or an answer without an attorney *What to expect at your final hearing *How to file a petition or an answer without an attorney *What 3cs are more important than attorney credentials *How to avoid paying high legal retainers *What judges look for when deciding custody * How to prepare for a temporary hearing without an attorney * What to know before signing an attorney's retainer agreement *What to know about child support, alimony, and equitable distribution *How to prepare for mediation *How to choose between mediation and a collaborative divorce The Appendix provides links to every state's specific family law forms and resources as well as residency requirements.

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