A Step by Step Guide to Navigating Divorce
Author: Anna T. Merrill, Esq.
Publisher: Seraphim Press
THERE IS A NEW EDITION OF THIS BOOK AVAILABLE!!! . According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the average woman's family income drops by 37% after divorce. 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. 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