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Why Attorneys are the Worst Thing for Divorce

Doing Your Own Divorce Can Save Money, Time and Suffering


SANTA CRUZ, CALIFORNIA—While divorce is never pleasant, much of the cost and pain is unnecessary, and can even be avoided, says attorney Ed Sherman, who has made it his life's work to keep family problems out of the adversarial court system by making the legal process affordable and accessible. Sherman explains the methods for obtaining the best possible divorce in How to Do Your Own Divorce in California; A Guide for Petitioners and Respondents.

"The dysfunctional adversarial legal system and lawyers who work in it tend to make divorces worse rather than better," says Sherman, adding, "They have no tools for solving divorce problems. The things people can do for themselves are far more effective than anything a lawyer can do for them."

How to Do Your Own Divorce in California is a complete kit for an out-of-court divorce or dissolution of a domestic partnership that provides the practical legal advice, court forms and step-by-step instructions required to make an uncontested divorce as easy and painless as possible.

Specifically, How to Do Your Own Divorce in California covers: Now in its 30th edition, How to Do Your Own Divorce in California has helped Californians save billions of dollars in legal fees since the first edition was published more than 30 years ago. This latest edition, updated for 2007, contains current court forms and reveals the answers to the following five questions you must ask if you want your divorce to go as smoothly and easily as possible:
  1. Can you do your own divorce?
  2. Should you do your own divorce?
  3. What does it mean to do your own divorce?
  4. What does it mean to retain an attorney?
  5. What are the advantages of doing your own divorce?
Ed Sherman, divorce specialist attorney, award-winning author, and founder of Nolo Press Occidental, explains how to obtain a divorce in an easy-to-understand format. Since 1971, his firm has directly guided thousands of couples each year, one on one, through Divorce Helpline services, operated by his law mediation firm of Sherman Williams Lober and Thompson, which declines to represent anyone or go to court.

How to Do Your Own Divorce in California
Author: Ed Sherman
Publication Date: January 2007
Pages: 173, plus legal forms
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 0-944508-61-9
Publisher: Nolo Press Occidental