Divorce, Simply Stated (Paperback)

How to Achieve More, Worry Less, and Save Money in Your Divorce

By Larry Sarezky, Laila Sarezky (Illustrator)

When We Were Nine Productions LLC, 9780996380928, 298pp.

Publication Date: May 16, 2016

List Price: 19.99*
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DIVORCE, SIMPLY STATED is a uniquely engaging handbook for individuals going through divorce or child custody/access cases. It helps readers choose between traditional "court-based" divorce and alternative dispute resolution, and teaches readers how to choose divorce lawyers and other professionals, and how to work efficiently with them. It covers legal and financial aspects of matters such as child support, spousal support, property settlement, and child custody and access governed by parenting plans.

DIVORCE, SIMPLY STATED differs from other books of the genre in several important respects. First is the author's engaging voice that draws readers in and holds their attention. Second, it makes extensive use of lists that eliminates the excess verbiage that make other divorce how-to's so ponderous.

But perhaps most importantly, DIVORCE, SIMPLY STATED supplies the strategies and inside tips of a veteran divorce lawyer about his profession, some of which cannot be found elsewhere. Practical advice abounds on how to:

Save legal fees by understanding how lawyers bill

Take advantage of tax code opportunities and avoid pitfalls

Avoid common divorce mistakes

Become your own star witness

Organize and help prepare your divorce case by "being your own paralegal"

Care for yourself and your children during and after divorce

The advice contained in DIVORCE, SIMPLY STATED goes far beyond that found in the typical divorce book. For example, readers learn how to:

Find the "Secret Fount of Family Law Knowledge"

Find the "Secret Lawyer Bargain Basement,"

Use "magic" words and phrases on the witness stand,

Assess not only a lawyer's hourly billing rate but her "effective hourly rate (EHR) based on the hourly rate and the increments in which it is charged

Protect their children by opting for the right kind of divorce (yes, there's a choice ), selecting the right divorce professionals, and practicing mindful parenting

All of the above and more is delivered in a lively, easy to understand manner. Equally engaging is the author's compassion; from the illustrations by his 9-year-old granddaughter to the humor designed to relieve stress and keep readers learning. DIVORCE, SIMPLY STATED is, in the words of past American Academy of Matrimonial Practitioners president Arthur Balbirer, "simply the best book of its kind."