Are You At High Risk For A Bad Divorce?
If you and your spouse disagree on issues involving marital property, assets, or children, then your divorce proceeding could turn into a battlefield over your legal rights: child support, visitation, custody, maintenance (alimony), and the division of assets. All too often, this battle may look more like a dirty street fight than a divorce proceeding. Spouses who play by the rules are not prepared for this kind of dirty fight. Ironically, the spouse who is more aggressive and does not play by the rules can win in court because of system failure. The unsuspecting spouse may slip down a treacherous path in divorce court losing his or her pocket-book, dignity, and maybe even custody of the children -- wrongfully -- along the way. I've investigated the ethics and practices in divorce proceedings for nearly 20 years, first as a policy analyst for the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs, where I drafted the nation's first consumer protections for spouses in divorce and then as a divorce expert, and now as a lawyer. (See The Statement of Client's Rights on this site, and the Consumer Affairs' Report in the Reference Room of this site.) I wrote about the pitfalls of divorce court in my nationally acclaimed book, Divorced From Justice: The Abuse of Women and Children by Divorce Lawyers and Judges. Published by ReganBooks/Harper Collins in 1996, my book demonstrates that the divorce court system is profit-driven; that many outside factors other than the facts and merits of a case can and do influence the outcomes in court proceedings. This same situation can be found in many areas of the law. For those who would like to learn more about the political science behind such findings, read the book, The Predictioneer's Game, by New York University Professor Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, published by Random House, 2009.
Through my ongoing research, I have identified several risk factors that are associated with bad divorces. Now, for the very first time, spouses can find out for themselves if they are at High Risk for a bad divorce. Take the Questionnaire on this website and find out. This Questionnaire is FREE. It's easy to take. Whether you come out High Risk or Low Risk -- either way -- the results of the Questionnaire will give you the information you need to begin to make informed, educated choices to prepare yourself to protect your legal rights.
About the Questionnaire
By answering the Questionnaire, you will learn of your chances for either a long, drawn-out divorce proceeding or a short one that will avoid the most common pitfalls. If you discover you are at High-Risk, do not despair! You are now ahead of the game. Through the tools and resources on this site, you will be equipped to start to take control. The information on this site can potentially save you thousands of dollars and will educate you so as to avoid bad choices that can lead to agony and heartache. After you find out your score, go to the Store on this site. There, you can find information all at a low cost, to help you get started. While using the information on the site cannot guarantee a change of outcome in any case, it can give you the knowledge you need to make informed choices.
The Questionnaire and information on this site is meant as an educational tool. It is not a substitute for legal advice. The information on this website is believed to be accurate, but can't predict all circumstances in all jurisdictions.