Nolo's Essential Guide to Divorce

Nolo's Essential Guide to Divorce

by Emily Doskow Attorney

Paperback(Eighth Edition)

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Divorce guidance you can count on

Divorce is never easy, but with the information 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:

  • 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 for resolving tough divorce-related issues, including:

  • child support and custody
  • alimony
  • property division, and
  • drafting a marital settlement agreement.

The 8th edition is completely updated with the latest state rules on divorce, such as property division and grounds for divorce.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781413327663
Publisher: NOLO
Publication date: 05/26/2020
Edition description: Eighth Edition
Pages: 504
Sales rank: 322,108
Product dimensions: 8.90(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Emily Doskow is a practicing attorney and mediator who has worked with families in the Bay Area for more than 22 years. She specializes in family law, including adoption, parentage issues, domestic partnership formation and dissolution, and divorce. She is a graduate of the Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley. She is the author of Nolo's Essential Guide to Divorce and coauthor of A Legal Guide for Lesbian & Gay Couples.

Table of Contents

1. Getting Oriented

2. First Steps After You Decide to Divorce

3. When You Can Agree: Uncontested Divorce

4. Working It Out: Divorce Mediation

5. When You Can't Agree: Contested Divorce and Trial

6. Custody Decisions and Parenting

7. Custody Disputes

8. Child Support

9. Yours, Mine, and Ours: Basics of Marital Property

10. Yours, Mine, and Uncle Sam's: Dividing Property

11. Spousal Support and Health Insurance

12. Military Divorce: Special Issues

13. Getting It in Writing: Preparing Your Marital Settlement Agreement

14. Critical Care: When Things Really Go Wrong

15. After the Divorce

16. Getting Help, Finding Information, and Looking Stuff Up




Nolo's Essential Guide to Divorce is for everyone who wants to be informed and empowered while going through the challenging process of a divorce. Knowledge is power, and there is a lot to know about divorce laws and rules, as well as the different ways to handle a divorce. Whether they ultimately choose to do mediation, use a collaborative process, or use an attorney to negotiate or litigate, my hope is that readers will feel like full participants in the process, and will feel confident that they are making informed decisions.

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