The Good Divorce How to Walk Away Financially Sound and Emotionally Happy

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  • Copyright: 2012-03-13
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
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There is nothing better than a good marriage. But when a marriage goes bad, there is no better option than divorce to give men and women a chance to start over. Handled wisely, divorce can be a beginning, not an end. It is the doorway to a new life free of hurt, anger, and resentment. The Good Divorce cover each phase of divorce, from knowing when to call it quits, to choosing a lawyer, to the final decree. They explore prenuptial contracts, mediation, alimony, child custody, same-sex marriage, and life after divorce. Some of the facts: *The first offer a woman gets when divorce negotiations begin is usually the best.*In all divorces, income rather than assets determine who pays what to whom.*Divorce is about compromise. Divorce court is not a boxing ring. After years of watching how divorce can go tragically wrong, Felder uses his expert knowledge to suggest how to make divorce more fair, civilized, and painless.

Author Biography

Raoul Felder is a nationally renowned divorce attorney. He is the author of eight books, including Bare-Knuckle Negotiation, and has appeared on television, radio, and print as an expert in divorce litigation. Barbara Victor has authored five novels and eight works of nonfiction, including Getting Away with Murder, a study of domestic violence in the United States, and A Voice of Reason, which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 1995. Her articles, editorials, and book reviews have appeared in the International Herald Tribune, The Washington Post, The New York Times, and Vanity Fair.

Table of Contents

Authors' Notep. vii
Introductionp. ix
Introductionp. xv
Dance of Death
Starting Overp. 3
What Men and Women Expect Out of Marriagep. 14
Knowing When to Call It Quitsp. 22
Choosing the Right Lawyerp. 32
When to Run, Not Walk, out of a Lawyer's Officep. 43
Mediationp. 52
Clients from Hellp. 57
Pendente Litep. 71
The Wildenstein Casep. 85
Fear, Rage, Blame-How to Ruin a Good Divorcep. 90
The Equality Myth
Family Court and Supreme Courtp. 105
Voices from the Benchp. 119
The Gender Equality Mythp. 133
Separate and Commingled Fundsp. 150
Grounds for Divorcep. 157
"Fair" Is a Four-Letter Wordp. 171
Custody and Child Supportp. 183
Child Abusep. 197
Child Abductionp. 208
History of Love, Marriage, and Divorce
Then and Nowp. 219
Marital Rape and Crime of Passionp. 231
Happily Ever After
Preparing for the End in the Beginningp. 247
Will the Real Me Please Stand Up?p. 261
Sample Intake Questionnairep. 269
Sample Prenuptial Agreementp. 273
Indexp. 285
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