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Surviving Your Divorce: A Guide to Canadian Family Law, Fourth Edition

Surviving Your Divorce, Fourth Edition    
Format Softcover
Catalogue No. 0-470-83952-X
Pages 316
Language English only
Price $27.99
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Written by Michael G. Cochrane, LL.B.
Published by John Wiley & Sons Canada, Ltd., 2007.


Surviving Your Divorce is the breakthrough book that takes readers past the legal jargon of divorce and offers clear and candid guidance on how to survive a divorce or separation legally, financially, and emotionally. It combines essential information about the law with practical advice on everyday issues. Divorce is tough. It’s hard to understand and deal with the legal and financial consequences of a break-up during such an emotionally charged time. Many questions plague those going through a divorce or relationship breakdown: Am I eligible for spousal support? Will I get custody of the children? How can I find and hire a good lawyer? Are there alternatives to a lengthy and messy court battle? How will this divorce affect my income tax and my personal finances? The list goes on ...

Written in accessible non-legal language, lawyer and author Michael Cochrane offers clear and candid advice on the entire process including:
  • the emotional stages of marriage breakdown
  • hiring and firing lawyers
  • the family law court system
  • the division of family property
  • custody and access
  • support
  • the rights of common-law spouses
  • domestic violence
  • wills
  • alternatives to court
  • marriage contracts and more.
Samples of key legal and financial documents, and a glossary of legal terms are included. The goal of Surviving Your Divorce is to make the reader a more informed consumer of legal services. With anecdotes, examples, tips and strategies, this book may help you to save thousands of dollars in legal fees.
"In an eminently readable way, Cochrane tackles and demystifies topics ranging from the emotional stages of marriage breakdown and domestic violence to hiring and firing lawyers, the family-law court system, division of family property, support, custody and access, common-law spouses and alternatives to the courtroom ... The book is not intended to convince you to go it alone, without a lawyer; it's designed, rather, to help you know what to expect when you do go. This is a book full of common-sense advice delivered in plain talk." - Montreal Gazette
"This readable, informative book is packed with all the information necessary to make informed decisions about marriage and divorce agreements. Cochrane has taken pains to describe just about every legal pitfall and divorce experience imaginable, and in great detail." - Calgary Herald
About the author: Michael G. Cochrane, LL.B., has been practicing law in Ontario for 30 years and is a partner with the firm Ricketts, Harris LLP. He is the author of a number of books, writes a regular column for Zoomer magazine, and speaks frequently on a variety of legal topics to average Canadians. Mr. Cochrane has hosted Strictly Legal, a legal affairs show on BNN and has appeared as a guest legal expert on many radio and TV programs.

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Do We Need a Marriage Contract?: Understanding How a Legal Agreement Can Strengthen Your Life Together

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