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Divorce and Splitting Up (Which Essential Guides) (Which Essential Guides) [Paperback]

Imogen Clout
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4 May 2007 Which Essential Guides
Divorce or splitting up is never easy - the emotional upheaval, especially when children are involved, legal complexities and financial implications make even the most amicable parting a demanding business. This invaluable guide offers comprehensive, step-by-step advice on the whole process, along with clear explanations of how the law works and guidance on the key considerations and ways to avoid conflict and extra cost whether you are married, civil partnered, unmarried, straight, gay, young or old.This book covers topics such as: choosing a solicitor, deciding when to go to court and legal fees; mediation and what it can help to achieve; telling the children and what you need to know about child maintenance; pensions, property and other financial concerns; legal measures to deal with child abduction or domestic abuse; and, different laws and procedures in Scotland and Northern Ireland. It covers married, civil partnership and unmarried couples.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Which? Books (4 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844900347
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844900343
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 14.8 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 555,419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Explains in simple terms how divorce works and the financial
implications' -- Mail on Sunday

'This handbook will answer your initial questions and is much
cheaper than paying a solicitor'
-- Choice --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Imogen Clout specialised in family law after qualifying as a solicitor and worked at a number of different practices in London. She was an early member of the Solicitors Family Law Association and a founder member of the National Stepfamily Association. She has written on, and taught, family law for many years. Imogen is married with three children.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 24 May 2009
Well written and easy to follow. Structure of the book is very good so that you can easily skip the chapters that are not relevant, or home into the ones that are important to you. Provides the right amount of detail so that you understand what is going on without being overwhelmed by details that might not be relevant. Makes it clear where a solicitor is essential and what preparations to make before consulting one.

Highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for doing a "simple" DIY divorce 3 Sep 2012
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If your divorce is a "simple" one, then this book may be all you need to do your own divorce. However, it all depends on how acrimonious things are between you and your former partner. If child custody is involved, or there is a mortgage or property to divide, then I reckon you'll need professional legal advice, but this book will still be a useful money-saving tool in your armoury.

I did my own divorce by using this book, and it definitely saved -thousands for my ex and I in what would have been pointless legal fees, though by the time proceedings began, my ex and I were past the throwing-things-and-yelling stage, and were being reasonably civil.

The book dealt with everything, and made the process a whole lot easier to do and cope with. In fact, by using it I was much more clued-up about the process than my ex, which put me in control of it all (that's a much better place to be in a divorce). I recommend you read the whole book, make lots of notes, and mark all the key pages with post-it notes before you start the divorce process. Even if you don't do your own divorce, it is a useful book to have around, especially if most people around you have "taken sides" and seem to have skewed ideas about what divorce is and isn't.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Check the bill from your lawyer! 2 Oct 2007
By John
This excellent book will give you a very good road map when it comes to divorce. If you find yourself in more complicated territory this book won't be sufficient on its own but it should at least help you to ask the right kinds of questions.

Some very good advice is that lawyers make for expensive counsellors. The other point that could be stressed more is that lawyers are only human; they make mistakes. As with most things in life you should not rely completely on somebody else to look after your own interests. Finally, despite pretty much anything else that is going on, check your bill and challenge it promptly - Have you been double-charged for copy letters?What are you being charged for emails? (it might be the same as a letter); Is your lawyer sending lots of long letters (expensive) when short letters would do (less expensive)? Are you wasting time on correspondence when moving swiftly to issuing proceedings would get the whole thing on a time-table set by the Court? (particularly relevant if the other side is ignoring your letters) Is the breakdown of charges clear? It is incredibly difficult to focus on bills when in the midst of a divorce but it is time well spent. A good lawyer will help you but they are also there to make money based on chargeable time. Nothing wrong with that but make sure they don't make too much at your expense.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Structural problems 26 May 2011
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Firstly, make sure you get the most recent copy of this book - if you are going to get it. The laws around Legal Aid are changing quite quickly.

Secondly, the main problem of the book is structural. Are you the person who is doing the divorcing or are you the person being divorced? Because different people need different information and this book doesn't address that, so it never really knows who it's talking to.

Thirdly, the information falls short of what you would expect of a which? publication, so for example, in the chapter about finding a solicitor (and costs) it say, "Many solicitors offer a free first interview..." but what it fails to say is that fees are often negotiable and many solicitors charging 200 per hour will drop to 150 in a heartbeat if you simply ask at the outset.

Fourthly, despite being called a guide there is no practical advice about filling out forms - how do you fill out Form E for example? There's a great deal of form filling in a divorce and the more you can do yourself the less you will have to pay the solicitor.

Finally, all books on divorce should contain the following rider: the only people who really win in divorce cases are solicitors and barristers and by the time you have finished squabbling about just how the cake should be cut - well you guessed it - the cake becomes much, much smaller.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Divorce & Splitting Up 25 Aug 2012
By mike68h
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The book sets out what you need to do in a very logical way. It sorts out the language that lawyers use and if it only saves you one hour with your solicitor it will have saved you 20 times what it cost.Divorce & Splitting Up: A Complete Legal and Financial Guide (Which? Essential Guides)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Practical 16 April 2012
By sam410
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a very practical guide to all the legal things you may need to know about when getting a divorce, it has sections and 'tasks' you can work through before seeking legal help, also loads of information people could do with knowing before visiting a solicitor or lawyer looking for legal acton and a permenant split up, this book could probably save you loads in fees with the extra knowledge you will gain from reading it! great one up on your partener if you are armed with more information on your legal rights!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for handling simple cases - no need for solicitor fees
I saved a couple of grand in solicitors fees (and/or several hundred for online divorce).
I knew most of it from looking on internet but it is usefuol to see it all in one... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jonathan Turner
3.0 out of 5 stars 'Which' Divorce
I'm not sure how helpful this Divorce Guide is as I sent it to my son who is going through a divorce now. Read more
Published 5 months ago by diane
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful
Written in plain English with succinct, practical information. A good starting point for anyone going through a big break up.
Published 6 months ago by Lynne
5.0 out of 5 stars INFORMATIVE
I have read this chapter by chapter and I find it helps to understand what my solicitor is saying.
Some times a bit hard going but found that taking chapter by chapter it... Read more
Published 10 months ago by hollyhocks
5.0 out of 5 stars Divorce made cheap!
I bought this book for information because I couldn't afford a solicitor.
My divorce cost me the amount I paid for the book while my ex wracked up nearly 16K in solicitors... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Corinne-Jaiynn
4.0 out of 5 stars God overview of legal process
A good guidebook. Seems relevant and concise...a general overview of the horrors of divorce from a practical legal standpoint. Read more
Published 13 months ago by G. A. Heiss
4.0 out of 5 stars The beginning of the end
I picked this book up in the local library. It was like a light bulb moment, things just became simple and clear with the divorce, money kids and process. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Single and happy
4.0 out of 5 stars Very clear.
Very clear book. Slightly overlong introductory section is my only quibble but really helps to understand the process even if you are using a lawyer.
Published on 21 Nov 2011 by Sharon
5.0 out of 5 stars A massive saving in legal fees
On advise from a very good friend I purchased this book due to the circumstances I was being forced into and it calmed me down and I saved ooo's of s' well worth buying!!
Published on 15 April 2011 by Bucket
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