Divorce touches so many families in the Central Rappahannock Region. But there is help! There are many resources available to assist people contemplating or confronting the sad reality of divorce. Here are a few suggestions:
I. Some Good Books
Affordable Justice: How to Settle Any Dispute, Including Divorce, Out of Court by Elizabeth L. Allen.
Affordability is always a concern; this book tries to help.
Cutting Loose: Why Women Who End Their Marriages Do So Well by Ashton Applewhite.
Upbeat and inspiring book about women for whom divorce really is the ticket to a better life.
The Divorce Mediation Handbook: Everything You Need to Know by Paula James.
There are times when mediation is the way to go. This item is written by a professional divorce mediator.
File for Divorce in Maryland, Virginia or the District of Columbia by James J. Goss and Michael F. Callahan (2d Ed.)
Available in reference as well as for check out. Part of the Sphinx legal series.
From "I Do" to "I'll Sue": An Irreverent Compendium for Survivors of Divorce by Jill Bauer.
There IS a lighter side. This little book is filled with fun facts, stranger-than-true stories and celebrity case studies.
Getting Divorced Without Ruining Your Life: A Reasoned, Practical Guide to the Legal, Emotional, and Financial Ins and Outs of Negotiating a Divorce Settlement by Sam Margulies.
Brand new and very impressive! If you consult one book, make it this one.
He Had It Coming: How to Outsmart Your Husband and Win Your Divorce by Stacy Schneider
Nice Women Get Divorced: The Conflicts and Challenges for Traditional Women by Geneva Sugarbaker.
Ten years old and still one of the best; especially useful in this very traditionally minded community.
MoneySmart Divorce: What Women Need To Know About Money and Divorce by Esther M. Berger.
A solid and practical discussion of women's personal finances. Vital to understand!
II. Good Internet Resources
Divorce in Virginia
A pamphlet prepared by the Virginia State Bar.
III. Useful Legal Links