The Top 10 Divorce Books You Need to Read

Updated 03/28/19
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If you're going through a divorce, you need to be informed about the various steps in the divorce process as well as what to expect from yourself and others during this life transition. To help prepare and guide you through this time, check out this list of our top ten books on divorce.

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"A Judge's Guide to Divorce"

A Judge's Guide to Divorce shows you how to reach your own agreements outside the courtroom in the most civil manner possible. There are situations, however, when going to court is unavoidable. In such cases, this book will help you at every step. 

02 of 10

"The Smart Divorce"

Practical, savvy, and wide-ranging, this resource shows men and women how to avoid the pitfalls that turn a straightforward divorce into a nightmare.

Drawing on her own personal experience, the author also brings together the best advice from a wide range of experts that include divorce attorneys, mental health professionals, and financial gurus.

03 of 10

"The Collaborative Way to Divorce"

The Collaborative Way to Divorce describes a revolutionary method that results in less stress, lower costs, and happier kids—all without going to court. This is an informative book about the collaborative divorce process, from beginning to end. 

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"Defusing The High Conflict of Divorce"

Defusing The High Conflict of Divorce is a practical guide for therapists and others who work with angry divorcing couples. The book offers a unique set of proven programs for quelling the hostility in high-conflict divorce and co-parenting couples, and "defusing" their prolonged, bitter, and emotional struggles.

It is a great resource for those divorced from and attempting to co-parent with a narcissist. 

05 of 10

"The Divorce Sourcebook"

The Divorce Sourcebook addresses every divorce-related topic imaginable to help you navigate through this emotionally, economically, and legally challenging process. This book is one-stop shopping for anyone considering a divorce. 

06 of 10

"Divorce Wars"

Jeffery Leving provides essential advice on everything from picking the right lawyer and devising a winning settlement strategy to getting the most from your day in court and dealing with an ex-spouse.

Divorce Wars will help ensure you are acting wisely and effectively at every stage of the process and will help you and your children survive even the most painful and difficult divorce.​

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"Divorce & Money"

Divorce & Money is an essential purchase for anyone contemplating a split because financial decisions made during a divorce can have such huge repercussions for both parties in the divorce.

Knowing how divorce will impact you financially and how to keep down the cost of divorce is important knowledge for those considering or going through a divorce. 

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"Divorce and Its Tax Impact"

Designed to clarify the relationship between tax and divorce in a methodical and authoritative manner, this guidebook helps divorcing partners reduce the trauma associated with navigating federal tax laws.

Important regulations are discussed, including information related to filing separate returns, alimony payments, child dependency, and property settlement and disclosure. Instructions and explanations of important forms such as the Request for Innocent Spouse Relief (Form 8857) are also included.

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"Divorce By Mediation"

With over 30 years of experience as a divorce lawyer, Meredith Cohen gives the reader an inside view of divorce lawyers, how they set their fees, and why mediation is better and much less expensive than fighting in court with two attorneys.

If you want to divorce with less conflict and less money out of your bank account, give serious consideration to divorce mediation and read this book. 

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"The Complete Guide to Divorce Law"

Attorney Nihara K. Choudhri explains the divorce laws in all fifty states, gives helpful checklists and sample settlement agreements. The glossary of divorce law terminology is extensive. If you think marriage itself is complex, divorce is even more so.

Increase your chances of a fair divorce settlement by spending some time familiarizing yourself with your state's divorce laws. 

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