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Nolo's Essential Guide to Divorce provides clear answers that can help make divorce simpler and reduce its financial and emotional cost. Readers will even learn how to complete the divorce with minimal help from an attorney.

With compassion and understanding, Nolo's Essential Guide to Divorce explains what to expect through each stage of divorce. It helps readers:

  • understand the divorce process
  • learn about different types of divorce, including mediated, collaborative, and contested
  • identify and divide property and assets fairly
  • work with mediators or lawyers
  • avoid expensive and painful court battles
  • establish child custody and visitation
  • handle child support issues, including how support is paid and enforced
  • draft a marital settlement agreement
  • deal with divorce emergencies
  • address post-divorce issues
  • negotiate and settle spousal support

    On every page, this book stresses the importance of minimizing conflict, explains complex legal problems concisely, and provides advice on how to protect your interests--with your dignity and sanity intact. Plus, easy-to-use charts make it simple to find the divorce laws in your state.

    This edition has updated laws for all 50 states and highlight some big changes in specific states--for example, the book explains California’s new rules about what constitutes a true separation. This edition also includes a discussion of Obergefell--the recent U.S. Supreme Court same-sex marriage ruling and how it affects divorce laws on a national level.

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