Knowledge is the key. The more information you gather, the more likely it is that you will avoid making decisions that could make your divorce situation much worse. Although our attorneys are standing by to provide you with specific advice and information for your particular divorce, legal separation or domestic partnership needs, here you can do a little reading.
Whether you are thinking about the possibility of divorce or are already in the middle of one, it will benefit you to educate yourself on your options so that you will gain an understanding of how to complete your divorce in the best possible way. Although no two divorces are the same, the following material will provide you with a comprehensive overview and road-map of what a divorce will entail. With this information, you will attain greater peace of mind by having reliable information about divorce law and the legal process.
The following material is adapted from Ed Sherman’s award-wining book, “Make any Divorce Better.”
Please note that we work on divorces, legal separations domestic partnerships in California and Texas only.
Lesson 1 – Anatomy of a divorce: How it really works
The legal divorce vs. your real divorce Divorce roadmap: The route around the legal system When will your divorce be over? How the legal system works against you How to beat the system
Lesson 2 – What if we can’t agree?
The five obstacles to agreement How to overcome the obstacles to agreement: Ten steps How to negotiate an agreement: Ten steps
Lesson 3 – How to do your own divorce
Can you do it yourself? Should you? What “do your own divorce” means Why you should not retain an attorney How lawyers can help without hurting Where to find help for doing your own divorce When you should get some advice How to start your divorce on the right foot Get organized before you start
Lesson 4 – The real divorce is free!
Structured problem solving Psychological traps From grief to growth: Stages of recovery Rules of the road: Getting through a tough time
Lesson 5 – Taking care of business
The business of divorce Common financial traps Keep business and personal matters separate Money management How to learn about the law in your state Ten ways to divide your property without a fight
Lesson 6 – Taking care of children
How to protect your children Parenting: Custody and visitation Getting your children through a tough time
How to deal with extreme conflict Damage control Winning strategies: Hardball or softball? How to fight effectively at less expense