Phoenix, AZ ( ) November 11, 2010 - The pursuit of love and happiness appears harder to obtain in difficult times. High divorce rates haunt the potential outcomes of “happily-ever-after” for people considering marriage, which only yields a 50% chance of success. Prospective marriage mates and united couples, alike, face the same economic challenges: potential job losses, foreclosure rates and societal pressures of becoming another statistic, on many fronts. So where is the optimistic light at the end of the tunnel? Author Charles Jackson had a “light go off” during his second divorce, which compelled him to write a book that offers valuable solutions and sound advice for couples facing marriage and divorce, especially during harder times, in his first book, Second Thoughts on Marriage and Divorce, available now.
Jackson’s first divorce was hard enough, both emotionally and financially. But the second time around, he decided to do his due diligence and write a comprehensive guide about the marriage and divorce process to help others plan ahead, using foresight to their advantage, rather than relying on the aftermath of hindsight and personal loss.
“I take love, marriage and commitment very seriously and I never expected either of my marriages to end,” Jackson explained. “But the truth is that marriage is a contract, and it can get very complicated, so it is best to “cover your assets” and protect what is yours, before entering or ending it,” Jackson said. Jackson feels the book is a valuable asset in and of itself, because it provides a great deal of resourceful information for individuals to get educated and represent his/her own best interests in the worst-case-scenario. In fact, Jackson proclaims, it may even help marriages survive.
The first section of the book covers a lot of material for couples to consider, before getting married, such as:
Chapter One: Preparation and Understanding
Contract with the State
Chapter Two: Identification of Personal Belongings
Hobbies, Collectibles, and Other Interests
Self-employment relating to Community Income
Efforts of Community in Sole and Separate Assets
The second section of the book covers various issues to consider before divorce, such as:
Chapter Four: Legal Issues
Selection of an Attorney
Review of State Laws, Case Laws
Division of Assets
Assets Acquired during the Marriage
Single vs. Dual Wage Earners (Spousal Support)
Chapter Five: Personal Issues
Rebuilding Your Home/Quality Time with Kids
Dating, All Over Again
Impact on Friends, Neighbors, Family
Chapter Six: Reasons to Stay Married
The third section of the book covers the actual divorce process, including pre-trial, attorneys, trials and hearings, mediation, spousal and child support, post-trials and the appeal process.
Chapter Seven: Pretrial Activities
Filing the Papers
To Retain or Not Retain an Attorney, That’s the Question
The Process of Constantly Paying Your Attorney
Self-Employed vs. Employee
Chapter Eight: Trial and Hearings
Emergency Spousal Support
Education/Visitation of Children
The True Value of Your CPA
Mediation through the Court
Final Hearing/Burden of Proof
Chapter Nine: Post-trial
Motion for New Trial
Post Decree and Beyond
Chapter Ten: Final Thoughts on Divorce
Jackson admittedly holds no degrees in counseling or psychology, nor is he an attorney or CPA, but he knows the emotional and financial damage caused by divorce. His intention and reason for writing Second Thoughts on Marriage and Divorce was to help others gain knowledge about the legal and contractual processes involving marriage and divorce, and to offer preventative measures for couples considering marriage or divorce.
“Ask yourself, what have you got to lose?” Jackson questioned “When you consider investment in the book versus the legal alternatives, the cost-savings are substantial,” he exclaimed.
Second Thoughts on Marriage and Divorce is available is online:
The book retails at $49.95 but you can purchase a signed copy directly from the author for only $35 by visiting http://www.secondthoughtsonmarriage.com or http://www.secondthoughtsondivorce.com
You can also visit www.amazon.com or http://www.barnesandnoble.comfor discount pricing as well.