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Since 1971

Interview Questions for Ed Sherman

Author, Attorney & Founder of Nolo Press

  1. For 36 years, you've been saying that when it comes to divorce, attorneys tend to create problems rather than solve them--what do you mean by this?

  2. Your most famous book is titled, How to Do Your Own Divorce. What does that mean exactly, to do your own divorce?

  3. You claim that you can help people save lots of money. How much does a divorce cost these days?

  4. Sure, you can do your own divorce if both parties are cooperating. But in the real world, we all know that doesn't happen. If you don't have an attorney, how are you supposed to understand the law and deal with the problems that always seem to come up in a divorce?

  5. Is there a time when someone doing their own divorce should get professional help?

  6. What kinds of professional help are available, and how much will it cost?

  7. Can anyone do their own divorce without an attorney?

  8. Can you do your own divorce if your spouse has an attorney and you don't?

  9. Is it difficult to fill out all those divorce forms? Can you do it on a computer?

  10. How long does it take to get divorced?

  11. Your book says a divorce might not be finally over, even when you've got your Judgment--what's that about?

  12. What's the difference between using your books to do your own divorce, or using one of the many services on the internet where you provide your information and they prepare your forms for you?

  13. What about those quick, cheap divorces from the Dominican Republic?

  14. How does divorce affect resident aliens?

  15. We've been talking about divorce, but what if someone wants an annulment or a legal separation?

  16. When is the divorce officially over, and how final is the judgment?

  17. Why is being able to create your own marital settlement agreement so important?

  18. How soon can a divorced person remarry?

  19. Why is it important to be open and honest about disclosing information to your spouse when getting divorced?

  20. California has child support guidelines that are mandatory, yet it's been said that they are so complicated that no one can understand them. So what are people supposed to do when they have to use them?
Complete information on these topics can be found in Sherman's books at

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