An examination of the psychological and legal aspects of divorce and how to prevent destructive emotions from hampering or...

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An examination of the psychological and legal aspects of divorce and how to prevent destructive emotions from hampering or overcomplicating the divorce process. Marriage and divorce counselor Krantzler (Creative Divorce, 1974) traces the rocky emotional journey that begins with the erosion of a marriage and goes on through the actual divorce and the adjustments required for life on one's own. He finds certain constants: shock, anger, guilt as the divorce process grinds to a conclusion (mourning for a ""dead marriage"" helps one work through these feelings); despair, detachment, and renewal as one adapts to single life and learns new dating customs and contemplates, perhaps even enters, a new marriage. Krantzler also advises on how to protect children from the fallout of divorce (their welfare should be primary, no matter how bitter the divorce). Lawyer Belli (Everybody's Guide to the Law, 1986) supplies alternating chapters that discuss the selection of the right lawyer; the costs of a divorce; the pros and cons of do-it-yourself divorces and divorce mediators; the protection of one's economic interests (ferreting out ""hidden"" assets, avoiding costly litigation over specific property items). He also advises on getting the best legal settlement for the children's welfare; avoiding custody battles; and assessing the value of prenuptial agreements when remarrying. Who could dispute that it's best to keep one's cool in order to get the optimal divorce settlement? Unfortunately, the sections on the emotional traumas of divorce interrelate only tenuously and tortuously with those useful ones dealing with the nuts and bolts of the legal process.

Pub Date: Aug. 19, 1988

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Publisher: St. Martin's

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15, 1988