Divorce Without Court: A Guide to Mediation and Collaborative Divorce

Divorce Without Court: A Guide to Mediation and Collaborative Divorce

by Katherine Stoner Attorney

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Avoid the expense and stress of divorce court

Ending a marriage is always difficult, but you don’t have to be financially or emotionally overwhelmed. Through mediation or a collaborative divorce, you can avoid huge legal bills and debilitating conflict with your ex.

This book guides you through all the steps of negotiating a divorce settlement, using mediation or collaborative law.

Encouraging, straightforward, and inspiring, Divorce Without Court explains mediation and collaborative divorce and shows you how to:

  • choose the right method for your family
  • maximize opportunities for settlement
  • get an agreement in writing
  • find mediators, attorneys, and advisers, and
  • protect your children first, last, and always.

Divorce Without Court provides state court websites, contact information for mediation organizations, and clear examples of what you can expect in mediation or collaborative divorce.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781413325270
Publisher: NOLO
Publication date: 06/29/2018
Edition description: Fifth Edition
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 786,200
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Katherine E. Stoner is an attorney/mediator in private practice with the firm of Stoner, Welsh & Schmidt in Pacific Grove, California. In addition to mediation, her practice includes consulting attorney services for clients who are in mediation. Ms. Stoner is a Certified Family Law Specialist, who teaches community property at Monterey College of Law and is on the training staff of the Center for Mediation and Law in Mill Valley, California. She has lectured extensively on family law and mediation and has been interviewed by major media including NBC's Today Show.

Table of Contents

I. Introduction - Divorce Without Court: Your Best Option
1.The Role of Mediation and Collaborative Law in the Divorce Process
2.What Happens in Mediation
3.What Happens in a Collaborative Divorce
4.Deciding to Mediate or Collaborate
5.Proposing Mediation or Collaboration
6.Finding a Mediator
7.Finding a Collaborative Attorney
8.Using Advisers and Doing Legal Research
9.Getting Started on Information-Gathering
10.Preparing for and Making the Most of the First Session
11.Evaluating Your Progress in Mediation or Collaborative Divorce
12.Communicating in Mediation or Collaborative Divorce
13.Negotiating in Mediation or Collaborative Divorce
14.Court-Sponsored Mediation
15.Encountering Difficulties in Mediation and Collaboration
16.Writing Up the Divorce Agreement
17. Divorce for Same-Sex Couples
18. Women and Men in Mediation and Collaborative Divorce
19. Unmarried Couples in Mediation and Collaboration
20. Mediation and Collaboration After Divorce
A. Worksheets on the Nolo Website
B. State Court Websites


This book is intended to be a resource for anyone going through a divorce who wants to make the process as hassle free and constructive as possible. It helps readers decide whether working with a mediator or collaborative professional makes sense for them. If so, the book offers tips on choosing and working with a mediator or collaborative lawyer, preparing for each step along the way, including how to negotiate, and what to do when problems arise. The examples, techniques, worksheets and other tools come from more than 30 years of experience working with divorcing couples and helping them navigate the often confusing – and sometimes overwhelming – divorce experience.

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