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Divorce Resources

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

A Man’s Guide to a Civilized Divorce: How to Divorce with Grace, a Little Class, and a Lot of Common Sense by Sam Margulies

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.

Divorce Central
Chats, forums, discussion groups and links legal sources. Not specific to Virginia, but with Virgina links.

A Glossary of Family Law Terms
Helpful for making sense of legal jargon.

The Virginia Family Law Center
The very best online source for Virginia divorce law and resources.

III. Useful Legal Links

Division of Child Support Enforcement, Virginia Department of Social Services

Fredericksburg Circuit Court

Spotsylvania Circuit Court

Stafford Circuit Court

Westmoreland Circuit Court

Virginia Child Support Calculator