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Title:
Divorce yourself : the national no-fault divorce kit
Author:
Sitarz, Dan, 1948-
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Edition:
Fifth edition.
Publication Information:
Carbondale, Ill. : Nova Pub. Co., [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
333 pages : forms ; 28 cm.
General Note:
"Legally valid in all 50 states and Washington D.C."--Cover.

"Revised and updated"--Cover.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780935755930
Format :
Book

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Updated with the latest legal information, this bestselling guide is now available with Forms-on-CD. This book contains everything necessary to successfully obtain a divorce in any state without an attorney.


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Booklist Review

Self-help legal books have proliferated since lawsuits in the 1960s and 1970s determined that the authors were not "practicing law without a license" and since readers have discovered that using such books enables them to reduce, if not eliminate, lawyers' fees and makes them more knowledgeable consumers. A recent check of Books in Print showed 30-plus self-help guides published in 1995 and 1996 for persons contemplating no-fault divorce, divorce by agreement, or uncontested divorce. Most of them are similar to Sitarz's Divorce Yourself, now in a special edition that includes (for an extra $10) a disc that allows the user to import the forms included in the book into a PC. Divorce Yourself is a workbook that includes clear explanations of divorce-related legal issues and terminology, checklists that facilitate discussion of financial and custodial arrangements, and advice regarding tax consequences and name changes. Sample forms are included, along with precise instructions for preparing and filing them, and also a chapter that advises the user on court appearance and procedures. The appendix consists of a summary of the divorce laws of all 50 states with appropriate citations and the advice to check the latest version for possible changes. A glossary of legal terms and a bibliography of divorce-related books are included. The author is an experienced attorney. A different product is How to Do Your Own Divorce without a Lawyer by Anosike, who has written numerous self-help legal manuals. There will be 10 regional volumes (at $35.95 each), doing basically the same thing as Sitarz regarding general explanations and points to consider when drawing up a divorce agreement--but the state-specific chapters are much more detailed than the summaries offered in the one-volume works. A library does not need to purchase any volume other than the regional one that includes its state and the contiguous one(s), because the other nine volumes are duplicates except for the state-specific chapters. The proofs of Anosike's book indicate that forms will be difficult to read and to photocopy because they have been reduced in size. One option is to use the order blank in appendix D to request a set of forms for $32.90. The other is to use Sitarz's book and/or disc. There are also specific how-to divorce books for all 50 states; libraries in those states will want to acquire the appropriate title.