There are tons of self help divorce books on the market these days. But is a book the best way to get through a complicated divorce process even if you are using the self help divorce book to complete your own divorce?
I recently went to the Santa Clarita Library and checked out at least 10 different “How To Divorce” books to see if they would be helpful to someone who was trying to complete their divorce on their own. Here is what I learned.
First let me say that I know a lot about filing out divorce forms and divorce procedure. That said, these do-it-yourself divorce books were super confusing. I had to double check several times to see what they were talking about.
First off, they all start off by talking a little bit about California Law. They give you a few tidbits about spousal support and child support and other general information.
Then comes the worst part. The part where they show you how to complete the divorce forms. This was very funny to me because it the pages looked more like a geometry lesson.
There were lines drawn from words of instruction on one page to spots on the form they were talking about. There were lines and arrows all over the page explaining what goes where and a lot of “if this, then that” scenarios. It was very confusing and i would feel bad for anyone that spent money on these books.
Most of the self help divorce books included a CD (that was missing because I went to the library) but the common theme throughout each of the books was that their was a phone number you could call if you needed help. They are all written by lawyers and the number you would call was to their law firm or lawyer referral group.
It makes me wonder, due the confusing nature of the books, if they really want to help people going through divorce or just want to make a little money on the sale of the book and hope people call for divorce assistance when they can’t figure it out form using the divorce self help book. Sort of a lead generation tool if you will.
If you are looking for assistance with your divorce, there are better ways than using a book. Books are so old fashion anyways. For instance, how about blogs or videos about divorce. We have both blogs and videos about divorce and the process and how to fill out the divorce forms. Don’t you think a video will be much easier to understand?
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