With the second edition of Divorce, Simply Stated, Larry Sarezky, a practicing attorney with 35 years of experience, skillfully maps the geography of divorce, providing readers with the knowledge to navigate that often-treacherous territory.
The information Sarezky offers is compendious, covering everything from how to evaluate a business for property distribution, to a list of parenting behaviors to avoid during a divorce. In other words, for those who want to get down to the nitty-gritty of divorce, all the steps are here.
For instance, he tells readers how to select an attorney based on a balance of expertise and cost. He gives suggestions for minimizing attorney fees (such as doing some of the legwork yourself, or employing other professionals like a certified divorce financial analyst). He lists the documents you will need (tax returns, credit card statements, collectibles and real estate appraisals, etc.). He discusses how child custody is determined and outlines child support factors, and he also gives advice on what to expect in a mediation or during court testimony.
Aside from the sheer breadth of knowledge demonstrated, Sarezky is also notable for his sensitivity to the emotional devastation caused by the process. For example, he states that parents shouldn’t try to “insulate [their] children entirely from the divorce because…depriving children of basic information will only increase their anxiety.” Always, he suggests avenues to minimize the hurt, such as taking advantage of support groups, counseling and meditation and using mediation rather than litigation.
Each topic is covered thoroughly—and the author may even deliver more information than the reader wants. The book is deftly indexed, however, so that readers can turn to the precise information they need. In addition, Sarezky provides an extensive list of online resources and forms.
Written in clear, easily understandable language, Divorce, Simply Stated is an impressive undertaking. It should prove a highly valuable resource for anyone facing the many challenges of divorce.
Also available as an ebook.