A Survivor’s Guide

Non-Fiction - Self Help
148 Pages
Reviewed on 05/04/2023
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Reviewed by Maria Victoria Beltran for Readers' Favorite

Divorce: A Survivor's Guide by Nancy J. Wells is a must-read for anyone planning or going through a divorce. Divorce can be a challenging and emotional experience for anyone going through it and this is an excellent resource to help navigate this difficult time. With Wells sharing her experience of going through a divorce twice, we gain an intimate insight into the process and learn from her firsthand knowledge. It is structured chronologically with eighteen chapters, beginning with And So It Begins and ending with At The End of The Day. Each chapter has a relevant theme, such as So How Do You Get Divorced and Let's Talk Equitable Distribution. I find the key takeaways, checklists, and negotiation guide particularly helpful for anyone navigating the complicated divorce process.

Nancy J. Wells’s Divorce is a highly informative guidebook covering the legal, emotional, and financial aspects of a divorce. Narrated from the first-person point of view, Well’s literary style is casual, so it feels like listening to a friend relate her experience. This makes it relatable and engaging, providing valuable insights and guidance to help cope with this challenging experience. It also allows one to make informed decisions and communicate effectively with attorneys and ex-partners. Wells emphasizes the importance of being proactive, knowledgeable, and strategic to achieve the best possible outcome. She also highlights common pitfalls and mistakes to avoid based on her experience.

Emma Megan

Divorce is traumatic and a massive change. Divorce can either be relatively smooth or extremely draining, stressful, confusing, and messy. Nancy J. Wells has had the experience of divorce twice in her life, both in New York State. Her first divorce was smooth, but unfortunately, the second was an awful nightmare. She was forced to undergo two years of a tedious and painful process that drained her emotionally and financially. Her story, Divorce: A Survivor’s Guide, is handy for anyone interested in the divorce process. Wells offers valuable information, advice, and her experience to prepare anyone divorcing someone who fights dirty. In addition, she talks about the total cost of divorce and the mistakes made by her husband, attorney, and herself during the divorce.

Divorce: A Survivor’s Guide is a valuable, groundbreaking read that prepares you for divorce. It's a must-have for anyone interested in learning what to expect and avoid when divorcing a difficult and greedy spouse. Nancy J. Wells allows you to emerge from a divorce with dignity and the best outcome possible, even in a challenging situation. I found it very interesting to learn how crucial it is to find an attorney willing to pursue the outcome you feel you deserve. With this informative guide, you will get clarity on divorce proceedings, the Separation Agreement, uncontested and contested divorce, the discovery process, the trial, the equitable distribution, and different strategies to divorce. It also covers topics such as choosing your lawyer, paperwork, court appearances, negotiations, and the total cost of a difficult divorce, both emotional and financial.

Joe Wisinski

Divorce: A Survivor’s Guide is a manual for those going through one of the most emotionally difficult times that people experience. Nancy J. Wells knows what it’s like to undergo this experience, and she writes about the topic by explaining the terminology and the step-by-step process of divorce. She also intertwines her own experience in going through a contested divorce. Chapter titles include Divorce Strategy, Negotiations, Costs, and more. Each chapter ends with key takeaways. Wells says that her purpose in writing it was to make us aware of the process so we’ll approach a divorce with less anxiety. She defines the terms we need to know, lays out divorce options, provides examples of the required paperwork, and includes helpful sample worksheets. Wells provides advice on topics such as leaving emotions out of the process and knowing that splitting assets is not about fairness. She also breaks down the financial costs. It includes lists of what she, her ex-husband, and her attorney did wrong and what she did right. The final chapters deal with moving on from a divorce.

Every person going through a divorce, or thinks they may in the foreseeable future, needs to read Divorce: A Survivor’s Guide. It's no exaggeration to say that it may save you thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars. Even more importantly, it will save you some of the inevitable emotional turmoil during this life-changing process. Nancy J. Wells has been there, done that, and she leaves nothing unaddressed in describing what potential situations lie ahead in the divorce process. Wells wisely doesn't assume we know anything about the process. Instead, she defines legal terms in easy-to-understand language, addresses the mental turmoil, and advises those who might find themselves amid a divorce. I found Well’s frank admission of her feelings beneficial; it was good to learn that another person experienced my emotions. Note that Wells's divorce occurred in New York State, so the audience should remember that the process may vary slightly in their state.