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How to Survive Family Court: Strategies to Win is a nonfiction legal self-help book written by Jessica Stark. Divorce can be a life-altering, grueling and expensive process, especially when there are kids involved. Knowing what to expect going into the process and how to get the best possible lawyer for your specific situation can make a tremendous difference. Stark is the survivor of a divorce process that left her emotionally and financially drained. She learned a lot through her navigation of the Family Court maze and shares her experiences and wisdom in this guide. She walks the reader through the legal jargon with her glossary of terms and presents a walk-through of the entire divorce process. Then she prepares the reader for the all-important selection of an attorney, including pointers on keeping a proactive control on the hidden expenses, such as document copying and phone calls, associated with legal representation. She continues by describing what it’s like going to court, what to expect when meeting your parenting evaluator or guardian ad litem -- and the difference between the two. Stark takes the reader through every step in the divorce process, all the way to the Settlement Conference and trial, if necessary, and beyond.
Jessica Stark’s nonfiction self-help book, How to Survive Family Court: Strategies to Win, is not written by a lawyer, and that’s a very good thing. A lawyer would have hidden the valuable and concisely presented details given here within a nest of legalese and hypotheticals. Coming from a legal background, I’m unfortunately familiar with those kinds of books and found Stark’s book to be a glowing testament to what a legal self-help book should be. I loved seeing how she guides her readers to the perfect lawyer and found her chapter on the divorce “Roadmap” to be superior to anything else I’ve read on the topic. Stark has been there, and she gets it. Her book is written in an accessible, conversational style, and her material is organized with an eye to being there for the reader throughout every step of the divorce process. I couldn’t think of a better mentor and guide for someone who’s considering a divorce than Jessica Stark. How to Survive Family Court: Strategies to Win is most highly recommended.