Divorce Think Financially

Divorce: Think Financially, Not Emotionally: What Women Need To Know About Securing Their Financial Future Before, During, and After Divorce

Product Description

Divorce: Think Financially, Not Emotionally® provides women with everything they need to know to establish a secure financial future for themselves and their children before, during and after a financially complicated divorce. The book guides women on how to focus on vital financial matters, offering specific instruction on a number of key issues vital to securing long-term financial security.

A portion of the proceeds from this book is donated to the Bedrock Divorce Fund for Abused Women, Inc., which assists female victims of domestic abuse.

About the Author

Jeffrey A. Landers, CDFA™ is a Divorce Financial Strategist™ and the founder of Bedrock Divorce Advisors, a firm that exclusively advises women throughout the United States before, during and after divorce. He assists women and their divorce attorneys with deciding on the most advantageous way to divide marital assets and enable them to negotiate more favorable settlements, especially when there are complicated financial and tax issues. Jeff is a graduate of Columbia University and studied law at Pace University School of Law.

Book Review

I want to preface my review by saying that I have no personal experience with divorce. My opinions are based solely on the fact that I have been a paralegal in family law and divorce law firms for the past 6 years. I have seen practically every situation you could possibly think of.

This book offers many practical tips for those going through a divorce. It explains some of the legal jargon and definitions you might not be familiar with, such as the difference between marital and separate property. Besides financial tips, the author also touches on alternatives to divorce court, and essential professionals you need to consider when filing for divorce. This author helps you realize the full spectrum of financial issues you might not have even realized you have. It’s possible you don’t even handle the finances in your household, so it is smart to get organized and get all your financial documents in order. This book gives you a realistic perspective on what to expect with alimony (known as maintenance in Colorado).

There is one thing I disagree with. The author says you should close or freeze joint accounts with creditors. You should never alter any account that is considered marital property. This can have a negative impact on how attorneys and the court handling the matter will view you. You need to maintain the “status quo” until all marital property and debt can be divided, either by agreement or by order of the court. The closing of joint accounts can be addressed in separation agreements.

One thing I’m really happy the author discusses is that you should not try to do your divorce by yourself. Each state has a different court system, with different laws, procedures, and personnel. To really know what your options are, you should consult an attorney. I can’t count the number of people who end up going back to court or coming to my law firm for advice because they didn’t use an attorney in the first place. Yes, attorneys can be expensive. But look at it this way: would you rather pay a professional to fix your leaky toilet, or pay a professional to remodel your house after you tried to fix it yourself and the whole house flooded?

You can purchase this book on Amazon for $13.49 or the Kindle edition for $9.99.

20 Comments on Divorce: Think Financially, Not Emotionally – Book Review

  1. Robin (Masshole Mommy)
    June 24, 2014 at 8:44 am (8 years ago)

    I have been though a divorce, so I can speak from first hand experience. Hopefully this book can help a few people.

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  2. Jenny
    June 24, 2014 at 10:35 am (8 years ago)

    Hopefully I will never go through a divorce (knocks on wood), otherwise, I guess I’ll be purchasing this book.

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  3. Platter Talk
    June 24, 2014 at 11:08 am (8 years ago)

    Sounds like a useful resource for a potentially challenging life situation.

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  4. Debi @ Life Currents
    June 24, 2014 at 12:20 pm (8 years ago)

    Good review of a difficult subject. Thanks for sharing this resource.

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  5. Debra
    June 24, 2014 at 12:41 pm (8 years ago)

    Great information, that hopefully I never need!

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  6. janelle
    June 24, 2014 at 12:52 pm (8 years ago)

    great information! you have to be prepared for everything when going through a divorce. thanks for the article/post

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  7. celebbabylaundry
    June 24, 2014 at 1:18 pm (8 years ago)

    Great review, it was very informative. I’m not planning on a divorce so I don’t think I’ll need this book.

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  8. Michele
    June 24, 2014 at 1:23 pm (8 years ago)

    This book sounds like a must read for all women who are married–whether happily or not–just in case!

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  9. Stacey Werner
    June 24, 2014 at 4:28 pm (8 years ago)

    I have a friend who is considering divorce. I am going to send her this link so she can get the book!

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  10. Rosey
    June 24, 2014 at 4:51 pm (8 years ago)

    I’ve seen women be too nice (and I’m sure the shoe could be on the other foot) during a divorce, and say they wanted nothing, only to struggle long and hard afterwards. I’ve also seen women be very ridiculous (and again, I’m sure the shoe could be on the other foot) and try to be way too greedy. Thinking financially, soundly, and reasonably goes a long, long way over thinking emotionally in a situation (like divorce) where emotions run high.

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  11. mary
    June 24, 2014 at 6:25 pm (8 years ago)

    Hopefully I will never need this book but I can see it being a lifesaver for someone going through a divorce and trying to start over.

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  12. Melanie
    June 24, 2014 at 7:16 pm (8 years ago)

    I will share this with my mom who needs to read this!

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  13. Mistee Dawn
    June 24, 2014 at 9:02 pm (8 years ago)

    Sounds like a really good book that I need to get my hands on.

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  14. JamericanSpice
    June 24, 2014 at 10:16 pm (8 years ago)

    Women needs all the information they can get when handling such a life changing matter! Sounds like a good reference!

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  15. Amanda @ Erickson & Co.
    June 24, 2014 at 10:53 pm (8 years ago)

    I know someone who could really use this book right now. I’m sending them the link to your review and telling them to check it out. Thanks!

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  16. Felicia
    June 25, 2014 at 6:29 am (8 years ago)

    This book says it all. I watched my mom take all my dads money from him. It wasn’t a good time at all.

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  17. Krystal
    June 25, 2014 at 8:11 am (8 years ago)

    Thanks for sharing about this book. It’s so important to be informed and educated.

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  18. Joanna Sormunen
    June 25, 2014 at 1:33 pm (8 years ago)

    I’m trying to do this but it’s struggle. My first gut feeling was just walk away with my son and leave him everything. I didn’t want anything we had had together. But life costs and we need things, sad to say.

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  19. Lexie Lane
    June 25, 2014 at 5:49 pm (8 years ago)

    I don’t even want to think about this. I have been through it once and don’t plan on doing it again. Financially hurts very much!

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