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About Brette Sember
Brette Sember is a former attorney and author of more than 40 books about topics such as food (The Original Muffin Tin Cookbook and Leftover Love), parenting (Parenting Together Apart) , travel (The Gluten-Free Guide to Travel), business (the Essential Supervisor's Handbook, Bad Apples: How to Manage Difficult Employees), credit (The Complete Credit Repair Kit), health (Your Plus-Size Pregnancy and Beyond and divorce (The Complete Divorce book, The No-Fight Divorce Book, The Divorce Organizer & Planner, How to Get Custody of Your Dog). She is also co-author of several textbooks.
Sember is also a ghostwriter, indexer, book doctor, fact checker, editor, freelancer, and content provider. She has two kids and two dogs and likes to cook, travel, swim, kayak, read, play Boggle, and decorate.
Her web site is www.BretteSember.com. She blogs at http://PuttingItAllontheTable.com.
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Why I Can't Marry a Royal
20 Things I Don’t Miss About the 70s
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9 Life Lessons from Pretty in Pink
My Calendar of Diet Lies
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Every Thought in My Head at My Kid’s Graduation
13 Ridiculous Ways My Financially Comfortable Boomer Mom Is Cheap
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20 Life Rules of Soap Operas
Ways in Which Parenting a Teenage Boy Is Like Dating One
Reasons Why Gen X Will Never Recover from Its Formative Years
17 Ways I’m Going to Keep Downton Abbey Alive in My Life
Ways the First Day of College is Like the First Day of Kindergarten for Parents
Reasons to Hate Halloween
Rules for Parenting Adult Children
Letter of Introduction: Mom Available
This book, written by a former family court lawyer, teaches you the tips and techniques you need to avoid the family court revolving door. There are ways to avoid problems, work around conflict, and find solutions on your own so that you do not need to constantly go back to court to deal with every dispute that pops up.
Learn how to:
- Understand what your order actually says and means in real terms
- Work around the other parent
- Develop trust
- Talk to the other parent
- Deal with your kids' complaints about your ex
- Create agreements on your own, without going to court
- Make changes to your parenting plan
- Stop threats and ultimatums
- Manage conflict
- Create compromise
- Manage the stress caused by co-parenting
- Create respect
- Solve problems caused by new significant others
- Deal with supervised visitation
- Work with teens who resist visitation
- Use your lawyer effectively and sparingly
You do not need to find yourself in court year after year, no matter how crazy your ex is. Learn how to avoid court and solve the problems that come up on your own.
Learn how to create a complete, complex record of all the information your attorney needs to successfully represent you while at the same time getting yourself organized as you move through the process. Save money by gathering the information yourself, instead of paying your attorney to do it for you. Find out how to:
- Get organized so you can feel in control of a very tumultuous process
- Find and work with an attorney who is right for you and who gives you the biggest bang for your legal buck
- Keep clear records of alimony, child support, and children's expenses
- Track and document parenting time and events to support your custody wishes
- Accumulate and organize all of the information your lawyer needs yourself so you pay less in legal fees
- Use social media wisely and protect your online privacy
- Gather evidence to prove your case
- Hone your case so you can achieve the best outcome possible
- Create an inventory of absolutely all the assets and debts that have to get divided in the divorce, with tips about how to negotiate
- Prepare for a trial or settlement
- Track contact with your lawyer and progress in your case
- Create to-do lists so nothing falls between the cracks
- Organize all of the paperwork you get from your lawyer
- Negotiate successfully with your spouse and keep stress to a minimum
- Plan for life after divorce
Create order out of chaos with this complete guide that allows you to be in control of your life and your divorce.
Brette Sember, JD is a former divorce attorney, mediator and child Law Guardian who is the author of more than 40 books and is a nationally known expert on divorce and custody.
Rebuild Your Financial Life After Divorce shares strategies for handling credit, mortgages, alimony, child support, retirement and avoiding bankruptcy. Getting your financial life back on track after a divorce can be a challenge, but this title helps you avoid the pitfalls many people face after divorce.
Parenting Together Apart for the Residential Parent is your guidebook to parenting after divorce. Learn how to plan schedules, make changes, deal with an uncooperative ex, understand your child's reactions, what to do when your ex doesn't show up for visitation, how to make a change to custody, how to manage holidays, and how to keep things calm and manageable for everyone.
15 Ways to Improve Your Co-Parenting is a checklist of ways to tweak your co-parenting relationship to reduce conflict, increase communication, reduce stress, and keep your child from feeling the effects of the divorce.
Your Plus-Sized Pregnancy and Beyond is written by a plus-size mom and an OB. This positive guide tackles all the medical questions you have about your pregnancy (in a realistic way that is NOT a downer and won't make you feel bad about yourself) and offers tips for enjoying your pregnancy, finding maternity clothes, finding a size-friendly provider, staying active, planning your birth, buying nursing bras, loving your body, and staying healthy.
The Practical Pregnancy Planner is a guide to the important issues parents need to deal with. Find out how and when to make a will, choose a guardian, save for college, budget for pregnancy and your baby, plan for and take pregnancy leave, plan for daycare, tips for registries, how to get a Social Security number for your baby, how to deal with health insurance issues, and much, much more. Written by an attorney, this guide helps you plan for the important issues that soon to be parents worry about.
The Complete Divorce Guide is a full guide to the entire divorce process, walking you through court filings, court procedures, alimony, custody, child support, property and debt division, and offering detailed information on what to expect, what to do and how to manage the entire process. From start to finish, this book will be your companion.
Save Money on Your Divorce provides clear steps and strategies you can use to cut the costs involved in your case. While still using an attorney, you can use this guide to make wise decisions about how and what you want to spend your money on throughout the case, discussing everything from process servers, document prep, custody evaluations, real estate valuations, depositions, parenting classes and much more. Don't let your divorce bankrupt you. Be smart about how you spend your money.
Often, however, people get to the other side and realize their financial life has been damaged by the divorce. Not only have the legal bills taken a toll, but your spouse may have damaged your credit score, you may be facing lots of debt, you're trying to reset your budget to your new situation, and you may feel as though you will never be able to afford retirement.
Paying or receiving child or spousal support is another important piece of the puzzle moving forward that you will need to manage. All of this can feel overwhelming as you are trying to move forward in a positive way.
It is possible to come back from your divorce and rebuild your life better than ever and your finances can definitely be part of that!
This guide helps you take control of your entire financial life and put it back together after the divorce has done its damage.
Get information about:
- Getting your name off the mortgage
- Dividing up your tax refund
- Getting a tax deduction for legal fees
- Getting errors corrected on your credit report
- Changing your name on your credit cards
- Handling shared child expenses
- How to avoid being taxed on asset division
- Making sure you are paid child support on time
- How to get new credit if your credit score is bad
- Whether you should consider bankruptcy
- Getting your assets divided according to the divorce decree
- Taking the child credit on your taxes, and much more.
Learn how to:
- Get the alimony or child support you are due
- Get your share of the retirement accounts
- Develop a budget for your new life
- Close joint accounts
- Improve your credit rating
- Plan for a prosperous future
Brette Sember, JD is a former family and divorce attorney who writes frequently about legal and financial issues. Her web site is www.BretteSember.com.
There are dozens of books about you what you need to know about the physical and emotional aspects of having a baby. But until now there were none devoted to the many financial, practical, and legal concerns of expectant parents, issues such as:
What are my rights for family leave?
Do I really need a registry?
How much money do I need to save during my pregnancy?
How do I budget for baby?
What happens with my student loans while I am pregnant?
Is my birth plan binding?
Are there rules about what last name my baby can have? What if we aren't married?
How do I choose a guardian?
What immunizations are required and how do I opt out?
Should I buy savings bonds for the baby, start a college savings plan, or do something else to plan for my child's future?
Can the hospital run tests on my newborn without my permission?"
Should I take out a life insurance policy on my newborn?
Written by a former family law attorney and mom of two, this book answers all those questions and more. The Practical Pregnancy Planner:
- Fills you in on what you need to know about everything from parental leave to estate planning, pregnancy discrimination to cord blood banking.
- Answers your questions about disability leave, health insurance, changes in work responsibilities during pregnancy, choosing a pregnancy health care provider, selecting a pediatrician, and selecting a childbirth class.
- Helps you build your budget and manage the costs of pregnancy and having a baby.
- Discusses college savings plans, taxes after baby, wills, your rights in a hospital, and preconception issues like genetic counseling.
- Gets you going with organization of baby product warranties, thank you notes, birth plans, prepping your home,
- Features a handy, month-by-month format that provides you with the answers you need, as you need them
This indispensable guide begins in the preconception period and continues through becoming a parent. Find out all the answers to the big questions and get yourself organized and financially ready to be a parent.
Your dog is an important part of your family. If you're going through a divorce, you want to make sure you get custody of your dog. This book offers specific state-by-state information about state laws and decisions about dog custody. It also helps you gather evidence and put together your case so that you can convince the judge you should have custody of your dog. Don't let your divorce take you away from your best friend. Put together a strong case so that you can continue to have your best friend by your side.
Table of Contents
Dogs as Property
Custody Laws for Dogs
Cases About Dog Custody
What Happens in the Absence of a Law
Do I Need a Lawyer?
Evidence to Help You Win Custody
Evidence of Ownership
Evidence of Being The Caretaker
Witnesses for Your Case
Evidence About the Dog’s Needs
Photos and Videos
Negotiating an Agreement
About the Author
Table of Contents
Rice, Pasta, Bread Recipes
Bits and Bobs
Divorce does not have to cost you thousands and thousands of dollars.
There are lots of ways to cut costs, reduce expenses, and still get the legal advice and representation you need. This practical guide is packed with specific tips that help you trim costs, slash legal fees, and get through your divorce without going broke.
Did you know that where your lawyer is located is one huge factor in the cost of your divorce?
Were you aware that you can do a lot of the legwork for your lawyer, reducing your legal fees?
Other tips discuss mediation, do it yourself settlements, paralegals, and services and expenses you probably don't need and can say no to.
Save Money on Your Divorce will help you take control of your divorce and protect your hard earned money by teaching you:
- The cheapest ways to file for divorce
- How to find an inexpensive lawyer
- Having your ex pay for much of your divorce
- Legal steps you can tell your lawyer to skip or cut back on to save you money
- Doing a lot of the legwork so your lawyer doesn't have to
- Creating agreements with your ex on your own to reduce costs
- Saving on capital gains taxes
- Extra divorce services and professionals you can say no to
- Saving money on credit cards, bank accounts, and other bills related to the divorce
Don't let your divorce drain your financial resources. Be smart and reduce your costs.