The Divorce Handbook

The Divorce Handbook

By James T. Friedman; Pamela Painter; Enid Levinge Powell

Random House, Paperback, 9780679771302, 232pp.

Publication Date: June 7, 1999


Since its first publication in 1982, The Divorce Handbook has sold over 200,000 copies. In this new and fully revised edition, specialist in family law James T. Friedman covers, in an easy-to-use question-and-answer format, all the issues involved in negotiating a separation and divorce--how to choose a lawyer; how to arrange child custody, support, and visitation; how to prevent financial hide-and-seek; what to expect of the divorce proceedings themselves; and what to do if the divorce goes to trial.

This revised edition addresses current trends in such areas as divorce law, alimony, property division, shared parenting, and visitation; it includes an expanded section of checklists, schedules, and guides for reconciliation and child support, as well as attorney retainer agreements, asset/liability worksheets, and more.

The American Bar Association has called The Divorce Handbook "a welcome breath of fresh air in an otherwise stifling atmosphere created by a virtual avalanche of books about divorce." The revised edition of The Divorce Handbook is your best guide through the traumatic and painful business of divorce, and will be an essential resource for years to come.

About the Author
James T. Friedman practices with the firm of Davis, Friedman, Zavett, Kane & MacRae in Chicago. He is past president of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and has written many articles for legal journals on divorce, child custody, and related matters. He lives in Chicago with his wife, Carolyn.

Pamela Painter is also the author of The Long and Short of It and c-author of What If? Wrting Exercises for Fiction Writers. She is a founding editor of StoryQuarterly and is on the faculty of the Vermont College MFA program. She lives in Boston, where she teaches in the Writing, Literature and Publishing Program at Emerson College.