MAKING THE BEST OF IT: A Commonsense Guide to Negotiating Divorce by Newton Frohlich

MAKING THE BEST OF IT: A Commonsense Guide to Negotiating Divorce

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KIRKUS REVIEW

In not as extensive a book as Sherwin's Compatible Divorce (1969) Mr. Frohlich, also a lawyer, concentrates on ""negotiated divorce"" and ""responsible bargaining."" In other words, a good half of his book deals with the economic aspects of divorce following opening chapters on the selection of the lawyer and the possible use of remedial counseling. He discusses at particular length alimony (according to the variables of age, etc.) and the tax benefits thereof; he emphasizes such factors as owning the house you once lived in as an additional IRS saving; evaluates lump settlements, escalation clauses, insurance and other fringe benefits, and the legal costs entailed throughout. Making the Best of It then doesn't really deal with any of the emotional hardships of the situation but is designed to cut down on unnecessary altercation and litigation and achieve a reasonable compromise. The appendix lists state by state requirements and grounds for divorce.

Pub Date: March 31st, 1971
Publisher: Harper & Row