With this legal reference, you'll get:a clear overview of the laws that affect personal relationships and families of all kindsquick, accurate answers to everyday legal questionsdiscussions of various legal documents relevant to your family, from marriage licenses to parenting agreementsa collection of Family Law Rules & Resources, with details for all 50 states
Easy-to-use, concise, and clear, The Legal Answer Book for Families is the perfect addition to any family's collection of practical reference books.
Divorce, complicated spelling, tricky pronunciation, personal preference -- there are lots of reasons to change a name. And though the rules have changed recently, it's still a relatively straightforward procedure in the Golden State.
How to Change Your Name in California provides the step-by-step instructions and legal forms you need to:
- choose a name and make it your own
- change back to your former name after divorce
- change your child's name
- get a new or amended birth certificate for you or your child
- get a new driver license, Social Security card and passport
- get a court to recognize a change of gender
This edition reflects the latest rules and regulations on changing your name, a new section on changing your name after a same-sex marriage, including discussion of potential conflicts between state and federal law that can affect how the name change process turns out. Plus, it's been updated to reflect a recent law that allows either spouse to change their name after marriage.
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.
Looking for a quick way to create the key documents necessary for owning or managing rental property, including a legally valid lease or rental agreement?
Leases & Rental Agreements provides the practical and legal information necessary you need.
With this bestselling guide, you'll learn how to:
prepare a rental agreement or lease tailor your documents to meet your needs make required disclosures to tenants comply with your state's laws on security deposits, privacy rules, discrimination and more check tenant references and credit do a final inspection when a tenant moves out
This edition provides updated 50-state information on security deposits, rent rules, access to rental property and more. Interactive forms are downloadable.
To keep up with the law and make money as a residential landlord, you need a guide you can trust: Every Landlord’s Legal Guide.
From move-in to move-out, here’s help with legal, financial, and day-to-day issues. You’ll avoid hassles and headaches—not to mention legal fees and lawsuits. Use this top-selling book to:
screen and choose tenants
prepare leases and rental agreements
avoid discrimination charges
hire a property manager
keep up with repairs and maintenance
reduce the chance of personal injury lawsuits
make security deposit deductions
handle broken leases and terminations
deal with bedbugs, mold, and lead hazards, and
comply with laws regarding tenant privacy and disclosures.
The 13th edition is completely revised to provide your state’s current laws covering deposits, rent, entry, termination and late rent notices, and more.
Every Tenant's Legal Guide gives you the legal and practical information you need to deal with your landlord and other tenants, and protect your rights when things go wrong. Written in plain English, it shows you how to:
inspect a place before you move in
negotiate a lease or rental agreement
put roommate relationships on a sound legal footing
understand key rules on rent increases and rent control
get needed repairs and maintenance
protect your privacy
fight illegal discrimination
break a lease with minimum financial liability
get your security deposit back
understand and prepare for eviction proceedings
This edition of Every Tenant's Legal Guide comes complete with tear-out forms, as well as charts that help you find and understand the latest laws of your state. Plus, covers hot issues (lawfulness of renting to others via Airbnb and other such sites.
The landlord ignores your repair requests. Your roommate is always late with his share of the rent. Your upstairs neighbors party all the time. The landlord won’t return your security deposit. How can you deal with these problems—and others—and prevent them from happening again? Turn to Renters’ Rights: The Basics for answers!
Written in plain English, this fully updated bestseller covers:leases and rental agreementscredit reports and referencesroomatessublets and short-term vacation rentalsprivacydiscrimination and retaliationsecurity depositsrepairs and maintenancegetting out of a leaseand more.
This 8th edition, featuring easy-to-use summaries of each state’s laws, is completely updated and revised to reflect the key landlord-tenant laws of your state.
Are you a California resident? Check out California's Tenants' Rights
You may be motivated and committed to creating a more sustainable lifestyle in your community, but where do you start? And how can you do it without the hassle and legal entanglement that so many greener initiatives seem to require? The Sharing Solution guides you, in plain English, through the steps you'll need to take to create and maintain successful sharing arrangements.
From housing to childcare, cars to lawnmowers, gardens to bike repair, The Sharing Solution gives you the tips and tools to share your resources, while addressing commonly held questions about liability and individual security with compassion. How can you benefit from sharing?
Get help with meals and pet care
Share needed resources in retirement to save money
Buy property with others if you can't afford a single-family home
Work fewer hours while reducing living expenses
Grow your local economy with community initiatives
Plan to make big purchases with others to keep costs low
And, if you're concerned about the environment and want to start living greener, The Sharing Solution is filled with environmentally sound ways to build a more sustainable - and affordable - lifestyle. Get the only book that provides the practical tools you can use to make sharing agreements. As noted author Alice Walker says, "Sharing is the answer "
Rental prices have gone through the roof, more homes are coming up for sale, and buying a home remains a sound investment. But how do you know whether you’re ready? And what steps should you take in the weeks or months ahead to find, buy, and move into your new home? Nolo's Essential Guide to Buying Your First Home will help you find the right place to live and invest in -- and enjoy the process, too.
Filled with interesting facts, real-life stories and insights, and common pitfalls to avoid, this book provides everything you need to select the right type of home, the right mortgage, the right agent, the right inspections -- and much more. Get the inside scoop on:
deciding between a house, condo, co-op, or townhouse
exploring your local market for the best value
creating and managing a realistic homebuying budget
qualifying for and securing loan financing
getting the right inspections and insurance
negotiating with sellers or new home builders
successfully closing the deal, and more.
Read through the real-world experiences of over 20 first-time homebuyers, as well as valuable insights from a team of 13 real estate professionals, including:
real estate brokers
attorneys who specialize in real estate
a home inspector
a neighborhood researcher
a mortgage specialist
The 6th edition of Nolo's Essential Guide to Buying Your First Home is fully updated to reflect the dramatically changed U.S. housing market, with emphasis on how to assess the state of your local market and local homes’ true worth before making an offer and negotiating the terms of the deal. Download forms for book at Nolo.com
The number of homes for sale is on the rise and mortgage rates remain near historic lows. That makes now a great time to say goodbye to your landlord. With Nolo’s Essential Guide to Buying Your First Home, you’ll not only find the right house for you, you’ll have fun doing it.
This book provides everything you need to:
research the local market and listings decide between a house, condo, co-op, or townhouse create a realistic budget qualify for a loan you can truly afford borrow a down payment from friends or family protect yourself with inspections and insurance, and negotiate and close the deal successfully.
You’ll find insights from 15 real estate professionals—brokers, attorneys, mortgage specialists, a home inspector, a neighborhood researcher, and more. It’s like having a team of experts by your side! Plus, read real-life stories of over 20 first-time homebuyers.
Download the Homebuyer’s Toolkit Dozens of downloadable forms and podcasts that will help you find your dream home, crunch the numbers, interview real estate professionals, inspect the house thoroughly, and more—available on Nolo.com (details inside).
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 exwhere to find your state’s child support guidelineshow judges make custody decisionshow to enforce and change custody and support ordershow court trials workwhat military families need to knowwhen 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, what happens when one parent wants to move away with the children, and how you can change custody or support orders.
Fortunately, this practical guide is updated with the latest legal information and legislation that will help you and your same-sex partner protect and exercise your rights, and make sound decisions as a couple.
A Legal Guide for Lesbian & Gay Couples covers:
making practical decisions about living together
planning for medical emergencies -- making medical decisions for one another and taking care of each other's finances when one partner is incapacitated
domestic partner benefits and how to obtain them
buying property together
providing for each other upon death
practical and legal aspects of having and raising children
marriage laws for all 50 states
The updated edition provides the latest information on same-sex marriage, civil unions, and domestic partnerships. This book teaches couples how to protect their relationships by entering into "living together" agreements, making wills and medical directives, jointly buying a house or other property, and making other practical decisions about living together, marrying, or registering as legal partners.
All forms are now downloadable via a special link at nolo.com.
Don’t let a neighborly nuisance turn into a nasty lawsuit. Learn your rights and responsibilities with Neighbor Law, the plain-English guide to the laws behind common neighbor disputes.
Neighbor Law is more than a legal guide—it’s a practical book filled with tips on how to solve problems and restore good neighbor relations. Find out how to handle:
noisy neighbors trees that hang over a property line blocked views unclear boundary lines high, unsightly, or deteriorating fences dangers to children (“attractive nuisances”) problems with neighboring businesses drones trespassing onto your property other common issues, like secondhand smoke, blighted property, and animal issues.
The 9th edition includes updated laws and information on mediation, going to court, boundary fences, private nuisances, and much more.
fences trees animal issues boundaries blocked views noise water issues neighborhood businesses dangers to children ("attractive nuisances") secondhand smoke and other pollutants, and drones.
In plain English, Neighbor Law explains how to find applicable laws and resolve disputes without going to court. It tells you when the law is on your side and how to deal with your neighbors without creating enemies. If you must go to small claims court, you will also find all the facts you need here.
This new edition updates the ever-changing laws in this area and expands into additional topics of importance concerning paternity issues and fathers serving in the armed forces.
Numerous court cases are used as examples to illustrate relevant situations. An extensive list of resources including agencies, organizations and websites is included as easy reference for the reader.
In What Would Judy Say? A Grown-Up Guide to Living Together (with Benefits), Judge Judy Sheindlin enters a lively dialogue with readers from her popular Web site, www.whatwouldjudysay.com, to explore, with humor and savvy, the pitfalls and possibilities of sharing a life together before marriage.
Judy’s wisdom, based on a lifetime of experience, both in and out of court, covers the territory. In her inimitable way she offers reality checks: “Men are warriors, and warriors don’t clean up after themselves.” She cautions against blind love: “Frogs don’t become princes.” About mingling money and property, she warns: “No joint before the ring.” She advises that couples entering live-in relationships protect themselves because there is no court of People Just Living Together.
Rich with stories of real men and women who share their travels in the land of love and commitment, this is a heartwarming, funny and smart guide, to help people negotiate and really enjoy what is supposed to be this wonderful journey of life.
How to File for Divorce in Pennsylvania simplifies and thoroughly explains everything you need to know to successfully handle your own divorce. With easy-to-use forms and step-by-step instructions, this book makes filing for divorce inexpensive and hassle-free.
Helping readers to make rational decisions in an irrational time, this expert guide takes women through the practical issues of divorce—especially the things their lawyer may not reveal. When it comes to divorce, what you don’t know CAN hurt you…and sometimes, women need more than just a lawyer’s advice to help them through this complicated and confusing time. That’s why divorce consultant Margery Rubin has created What Your Divorce Lawyer May Not Tell You, a unique guide for the woman working to stay afloat during one of the most difficult times of her life. Learn: • How to select the right lawyer and negotiate a price you can afford. • Why waiting to consult an attorney—even if you’re not sure you’re going to file for divorce—can be a costly mistake. • Where to look for important financial information that your spouse might be hiding. • How to build in “safeguards” to your custody agreement to prevent costly court battles later on. Packed with the author’s expertise—gained first during the breakup of her own marriage to a top divorce attorney, and then as the founder of DivorceSource, a consulting firm dedicated to advising women on how to navigate divorce proceedings—this book gives women invaluable, step-by-step advice on everything they need to survive their marriage’s end…and get on with the rest of their lives.
From your first thought of divorce through the final paperwork, Your Divorce Advisor takes you step by step toward a divorce that dissolves the marriage but not your dignity, your sense of family, or your financial security. Whether you hire a lawyer or a mediator, or do it yourself, this practical, direct, and empowering guide offers you the wise counsel you need for both the legal and the emotional processes of ending your marriage.
Your Divorce Advisor shows you how to:
-Keep a healthy perspective that leads to a successful legal strategy and recognize when emotions threaten your case
-Protect your assets without destroying your family
-Detailed coverage of all your legal options and guidance through every legal step, including anticipating the emotional repercussions of your decisions
-More information on custody than any other divorce book, including age-appropriate custody schedules
-A sample divorce agreement explained one paragraph at a time
Your Divorce Advisor helps you set yourself and your family on a positive course toward a new life.
The Complete Legal Guide to Senior Care contains all the information you need to make the right decisions for the seniors you care about and for yourself.
Written by an attorney who practiced in estate planning, this book explains how to manage residential, financial and medical matters as well as the legal issues that accompany them. In addition, it addresses how to help seniors cope with the emotions that accompany aging and how to discuss with them the delicate issues that aging brings.
Checklists, tips and evaluation forms are included to help you organize your thoughts and keep track of paperwork. These include tips for talking with doctors, checklists for evaluating the quality of care provided by nursing homes and other residential options and tips on how to handle appeals for Medicare or Medicaid.
This reference also provides extensive appendices that contain organizations, contact information, specific books and websites that refer you to even more helpful information and support.
This book will guide you in:
--Arranging wills, living wills, powers of attorney and estate planning
--Evaluating and selecting assisted living residences, continuing care retirement communities, nursing homes and other options
--Considering long-term care
insurance, Medigap coverage
and reverse mortgages
--Determining the level of care required
--Managing a senior's finances
--Working with other family
members to coordinate care
--Balancing your life as a caregiver
--Obtaining hospice care
The story of family law in the twentieth century is complex. This was the century that said goodbye to common-law marriage and breach-of-promise lawsuits. This was the century, too, of the sexual revolution and women's liberation, of gay rights and cohabitation. Marriage lost its powerful monopoly over legitimate sexual behavior. Couples who lived together without marriage now had certain rights. Gay marriage became legal in a handful of jurisdictions. By the end of the century, no state still prohibited same-sex behavior. Children in many states could legally have two mothers or two fathers. No-fault divorce became cheap and easy. And illegitimacy lost most of its social and legal stigma. These changes were not smooth or linear--all met with resistance and provoked a certain amount of backlash. Families took many forms, some of them new and different, and though buffeted by the winds of change, the family persisted as a central institution in society. Inside the Castle tells the story of that institution, exploring the ways in which law tried to penetrate and control this most mysterious realm of personal life.
The evidence turns up some surprising facts about the complexities of intimate abuse, facts that run against mainstream assumptions: The current system robs battered women of what power they do hold. Perhaps as many as half of women in abusive relationships stay in them for strong cultural, economic, religious, or emotional reasons. Jailing their partners often makes their situations worse. Women are at least as physically violent and emotionally aggressive as are men toward women, and women's aggression is often central to the dynamic of intimate abuse.
Informed by compelling evidence, personal experience, and what abused women themselves say about their needs, Mills proposes no less than a fundamentally new system. Addressing the real dynamics of intimate abuse and incorporating proven methods of restorative justice, Mills's approach focuses on healing and transformation rather than shame or punishment. Already the subject of heated controversy, Insult to Injury offers a desperately needed and powerful means for using what we know to reduce violence in our homes.
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.
Attorney Janice Green brings 30-plus years of experience as a divorce lawyer, and in particular her experience counseling clients over 50, to Divorce After 50. She addresses: • Divorce options (including mediation and collaborative divorce)
• How to receive the best guidance from lawyers and professional advisers
• Dividing marital property fairly
• Retirement plan rules
• Spousal support (alimony)
• How divorce affects estate planning
• Keeping good health care (updated to include new rules under the Affordable Care Act) The book also includes divorce survival stories that illustrate your options and provide encouragement. They got through it, and with the help of Divorce After 50, you can, too.
Learn how to:
--File an Uncontested or Contested Divorce
--Protect Your Assets, Yourself and Your Children
--Save Money when Working with a Lawyer
--Negotiate Child Support and Visitation Agreements
Ready-to-Go forms with Step-by-Step Instructions, essential documents you need to:
--End the Marriage and Start Fresh
--Resolve Property Disputes
--Calculate Child Support
--Develop a Visitation Schedule
--And much more . . .
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This book presents an attempt to understand these developments. Bringing together leading international commentators it provides a careful, critical and comparative analysis of the work of fathers' rights activists, the role law has played in their campaigning, their legal strategies, their success (or otherwise) in achieving legal reform, similarities and divergences with the women's movement, and the relationship between fathers' rights movements and the societies that frame them.
In addition to Collier and Sheldon, contributors include: Susan B Boyd (University of British Columbia, Canada), Jocelyn Crowley (Rutgers University, USA), Maria Eriksson (Goteborg University, Sweden), Keith Pringle (Aalborg University, Denmark), Helen Rhoades (Melbourne University, Australia), and Carol Smart (Manchester University, UK).
From the BESTSELLING Law Express revision series.
Law Express Question and Answer: Family Law is designed to ensure you get the most marks for every answer you write by improving your understanding of what examiners are looking for, helping you to focus in on the question being asked and showing you how to make even a strong answer stand out.
The series is written and edited by an expert team of authors whose experience means they know exactly what is required in a revision aid. They include examiners, barristers and lecturers who have brought their expertise and knowledge to the series to make it user-friendly and accessible.
Key features include: user-friendly layout and style; diagrams, charts and tables to illustrate key points; summary charts at a basic level, followed by more detailed explanations, to aid revision at every level, pocket sized and easily portable; highly-regarded authors.
How many are you willing to take?
Is there ever a good reason to lie to your lover?
Are you involved with a married man or woman and he or she still hasn't left the spouse?
Does your gut tell you that something doesn't seem quite right in your relationship?
Are you accused of lying when you don't?
Are you being accused of cheating when you haven't cheated?
There are many reasons why people lie and many reasons why people let lies slip.
How many lies are you willing to listen to before you call it quits?
As Nancy E. Dowd argues in this bold and original book, the justifications for stigmatizing single-parent families are founded largely on myths, myths used to rationalize harshly punitive social policies. Children, in increasing numbers, bear the brunt of those policies. In this generation, more than two-thirds of all children will spend some time in a single-parent family before reaching age 18. The damage done in the name of justified stigma, therefore, harms a great many children.
Dowd details the primary justifications for stigmatizing single-parent families, marshalling an impressive array of resources about single parents that portray a very different picture of these families. She describes them in all their forms, with particular attention to the differential treatment given never-married and divorced single parents, and to the impact of gender, race, and class. Emphasizing that all families face significant conflicts between work and family responsibilities, Dowd argues many two-parent families, in fact, function as single-parent caregiving households. The success or failure of families, she contends, has little to do with form. Many of the problems faced by single-parent families mirror problems faced by all families.
Illustrating the harmful impact of current laws concerning divorce, welfare, and employment, Dowd makes a powerful case for centering policy around the welfare and equality of all children. A thought-provoking examination of the stereotypes, realities and possibilities of single-parent families, In Defense of Single-Parent Families asks us to consider the true purpose or goal of a family.
It:examines the concepts of philanthropy, inclusion, alienation and justice considers the competing claims of philanthropy, legal rights and politics as appropriate methods of pursuing social justice explains how weaknesses in charity law obstructs philanthropic intervention makes recommendations for changes to the legal framework governing philanthropy.
O’Halloran argues that our common charity law heritage must be updated and co-ordinated to be capable of addressing social inclusion in the twenty-first century.
This book is of interest to academics and students working and sudying in the areas of social policy, sociology and law, as well as professionals in community and voluntary work.
Macklin's hypoethical tale centers on Bonnie and Larry, an infertile couple longing for a child. As the couple's quest to become parents begins, they discover that Bonnie is physically incapable of carrying a pregnancy to term. Desperate to explore their options, Bonnie and Larry attempt adoption but are rejected by the agency without explanation. Finally, they contemplate surrogacy as their last chance to have a child. Seeking advice and answers, they consult health professionals, lawyers, pastoral counselors, and a bioethicist. In the course of this complicated and often painful decision-making process, they attend meetings of a government task force on reproduction where they hear both radical and liberal feminist positions.
Their experiences with friends, family members, two surrogates, hospital ethics committees, and special interest groups underscore the difficulty of coming to a consensus on such issues as AIDS, the right to privacy, premenstrual syndrome, the violation of surrogate contracts, and the responsibilities of therapists and physicians to their patients and to the community at large.
The chapters apply legal, sociological, demographic and social work research to explore the most significant issues that have been commanding the attention of family law policy-makers in recent years. Featuring contributions from a range of renowned global experts, the book draws on multiple jurisdictions and offers comparative analysis across a range of countries.
The book addresses a range of issues including:
the role of the state in supporting families and protecting the vulnerable
children’s rights and parental authority
sexual orientation and gender in family law
the status of marriage and other forms of adult relationships
divorce and separation and their consequences
the relationship between civil law and the law of minority groups
movement of family members between jurisdictions
This advanced level reference work will be essential reading for students, researchers and scholars of family law and social policy as well as policy makers in the field.
This is a measured yet unsparing appraisal which interleaves individual cases with compelling legal and moral argument. Hirst takes us deep into the workings of the Court and the domestic apocalypses it sees every day.
He explores the Court's fervour to uphold the best interests of the child no matter what and traces its chilling consequence: a court where malicious allegations regularly go unpunished. He notes the Court's enormous power over individual lives, as well as its self-proclaimed status as a 'caring court', and wonders at its ability to overlook the defiance of its own authority. In closing, he considers how to reform an institution that has bred antagonism and extremism and too often entrenched paranoia and despair. Lucid and urgent, 'Kangaroo Court' is a cautionary tale about the perils of high-mindedness when it comes to dealing with the breakdown of families.
"When Family Court judges talk piously of the 'caring court', I wish they could hear the roar of pain that their piety has caused." —John Hirst, 'Kangaroo Court'
Setting health policy in both an historical and modern context (post 1997) Carrier and Kendall weigh up the successes and failures of the National Health Service and examine the conflicts which have continued for over sixty years, in spite of efforts to solve financial problems in the NHS through increases in funding as well as structural and organisational change.
After looking at recent responses to supposed failures of the NHS, they conclude that the NHS has successfully faced the challenges before it and is likely to continue to meet the changing health needs of the population. Financial stresses, concerns about the quality of care and demographic change, with consequent issues for the elderly and the chronically ill, continue to be urgent and politically contentious issues.
This book is appropriate for a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate students studying health policy and the NHS.
Contributors to this multidisciplinary volume represent the leading perspectives in public health, law and criminal justice, psychology, and sociology. They provide new and sophisticated insights regarding the etiology of the multiple forms of family abuse and they suggest innovative strategies for mitigating the anguish resulting from physical and emotional violence against adults and children within households.
The results of this research will be of interest to students and practitioners in sociology, public health, psychology and family studies, and to clinicians and therapists who treat victims or offenders.
Contents include: the old-style customary marriage, concubinage, modern marriage, and Christian marriage; nullity and divorce; legitimacy and illegitimacy; parentage; parental rights and authority; the welfare principle; custody on divorce; adoption; wardship; child abduction; maintenance during marriage; financial provision and property on divorce, and domestic violence.
This anthology brings together leading scholars and activists doing innovative work in Jewish law, Muslim law, Christian law, and African customary law. Using examples drawn from a variety of nations and religions, they interrogate the utility of recent theoretical models for engaging with gender and multicultural conflicts, explore contextual differences, and analyze and celebrate stories of successful initiatives that have transformed legal and cultural norms to improve women's lives.
Do you know what assets or how much alimony or child support you are entitled to receive? Has your spouse threatened to leave you penniless? Have you spoken to an attorney and gotten sticker-shock? Do you earn too much money to qualify for free legal aid? Are you unable to decipher the scary-looking legal forms your spouse keeps sending you in the mail? This book was written to help the low- and moderate-income women the legal system has abandoned by walking a hypothetical self-represented woman step-by-step through the divorce process. Including:
1. How to prepare financially to stand on your own two feet;
2. What the court can, and cannot do for you;
3. 'Legwork' that can save you money on legal fees and help you get a better outcome;
4. How much child support and alimony you might be entitled to receive;
5. How to show a judge that your spouse is lying about his assets and income;
6. What property you are entitled to receive … and should ask for;
7. Ways vindictive ex-spouses can screw you over;
8. Real life dirty tricks, traps, and pitfalls highlighted so you can avoid them;
9. How to find a good attorney, save legal fees, or piece together legal services if you can't afford a full-service attorney;
10. Mediation … benefits and pitfalls;
11. How to dig up information your spouse doesn't want you to know (discovery) like an attorney does;
12. Common court forms and how to fill them out;
13. Separation Agreements dissected and clarified (including a sample boilerplate);
14. Sample discovery requests and motions;
15. Sample hearing scripts for common court hearings (including Temporary Orders and Trial);
16. Restraining orders … how to get one … how to keep one;
17. Custody disputes … 'fatal flaws' and how you can fix them.
Everything you NEVER wanted to know about divorce … but need to come up to speed … FAST!!! This is the only self-help legal book written by someone who was once in your shoes who later went back to school to become an attorney!
550 pages + bonus printable Separation Agreement forms
Legal Disclaimer: This book is not meant to constitute legal advice. Please consult with a local attorney before making any decisions which might affect your legal rights. The author is licensed to practice law in Massachusetts and uses Massachusetts examples in the text.
Kirkus Review: "Attorney Merrill leads women through the complicated process of divorce while warning against common mistakes, including how to document assets, estimate child support and alimony, and even, if necessary, obtain restraining orders. She discusses many topics related to asset division and child custody, including marital debt and visitation rights. The book is aimed at the broadest possible audience, but it also discusses variations in state laws. A solid, informative self-help divorce guide."
Cape Cod Times: "Here is a book that will be indispensable to a certain segment of the reading public. Attorney Anna Merrill has spent the past decade working with a variety of nonprofits ... I think one can say that she has seen up close the effect on women of bad relationships and divorce. Now that experience has been set down in a sizable reference work of text, worksheets, graphics and more that will help women fortify themselves for divorce and protect their interests."
Note: due to the extensive use of charts and tables, this book is only available in a .pdf format. Mid-sized e-reading devices can best read this book by turning your e-reader horizontally, but if you generally read on a Smart Phone, the text will become too small for you to read. In that case, we suggest you purchase the PRINT edition.
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How to File for Divorce in Ohio details both divorce and dissolution in the state, as well as the procedures to complete each. While divorce laws have become more complex over the past years, this book explains everything you need to know in simplified, straightforward language. Complete with step-by-step instructions for the forms you need, this book makes filing for divorce hassle-free and less expensive.
From filing for divorce through the trial, Winning Divorce Strategies provides guidance to help you avoid the pitfalls of divorce and to help you prepare a game plan to take control of your divorce. It provides information onchoosing a lawyer; deciding to litigate ornegotiate; recognizing the opposition; filing and serving papers; being prepared; making financial decisions; winning custody strategies; and negotiating a win-win settlement.
Through experience gained from real-life situations, Perskin shares the divorce secrets he has discovered and details the tactics that have been designed to ensure you are in the best possible position throughout the case.
Domestic Relations Manual for the District of Columbia is also easy to reference thanks to full chapter synopses, tables, and thorough indexing, with comprehensive coverage of each important family law issue, including:
• child custody and visitation
• child and spousal support (and separate maintenance)
• equitable distribution of marital property
• recovery of attorney's fees and costs
• procedures for bringing a divorce action
• the law of marriage and annulment in D.C.
• name change procedures
• the effect of various types of matrimonial agreements.