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Divorce Insider Reveals the 5 Hidden Secrets
Your Texas Divorce Attorney Prays
You'll Never Find Out


SANTA CRUZ, CALIFORNIA—There are far better ways to get a Texas divorce than to run to a lawyer without any preparation, and just ask for a divorce, says divorce expert attorney Ed Sherman, author of How to Do Your Own Divorce in Texas.

After 37 years experience and success with over 45,000 divorce cases that settled successfully without fighting in court, Sherman knows without a doubt how to get the best possible divorce. Unfortunately, many Texas divorce attorneys would rather lead you into a very expensive court battle and hope you never learn the following five secrets Sherman has to share.

  1. An uncontested divorce is a fairly simple legal procedure that most people can either handle themselves with the right information, or with just a bit of the right kind of help.

  2. The last thing you want to do when getting divorced is run to an attorney without any preparation ahead of time, and just ask for a divorce. Once you retain an attorney, you've handed over complete control of your case (and your life) to someone who has been trained to fight in an adversarial legal system. This can't help but increase the conflict and cost of your divorce.

  3. Since Ed Sherman published the first edition of How to Do Your Own Divorce in 1971, millions of couples have saved billions of dollars in legal fees using his books and software. If they can do it, you probably can too.

  4. If you do decide to see an attorney, you can save a lot of time and money by becoming prepared first. Take some time to learn how divorce works. Gather up all the relevant information about your income and expenses, assets and debts. Now when you go to an attorney, he or she won't have to spend a lot of billable time explaining everything to you, and getting all your information. You'll get better service and be treated with respect, as someone who is in the know.

  5. It's OK to use an attorney, but you don't want to retain one. The key word here is "retain." You want to stay in control of your case, and just get the help you need without automatically ending up in an expensive court battle. The best kind of divorce help you can get is from attorneys who specialize in mediation or collaborative law. That's why Sherman founded Divorce Helpline as a firm of divorce expert attorneys who won't take sides, but will provide you with inexpensive help with your divorce. Their service is now available in Texas by calling 800-359-7004, or going to
The new 12th edition of How to Do Your Own Divorce in Texas, updated for 2009 - 2011 is now in bookstores, and is also available at It contains everything you need for an uncontested divorce, including forms and instructions, plus worksheets to organize all your information.

How to Do Your Own Divorce in Texas 2009 - 2011
Author: Ed Sherman
Publication Date: September 2009
Pages: 152, plus 128 pages of legal forms with CD-ROM
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-0-944508-70-1
Publisher: Nolo Press Occidental