Child Custody Made Simple: Understanding the Laws of Child Custody and Child Support

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"Child Custody Made Simple" is a thorough, comprehensive guide to the laws of child custody and child support throughout the United States.

This is the second edition. The first edition won two books awards—the Benjamin Franklin Award (parenting) and the Writers Digest National Competition (nonfiction). The second edition has been completely revised and updated, and the author has added more than 150 pages of new material.

"Child Custody Made Simple" explains child custody and child support law in detail. An extensive appendix also covers the laws in every state. Watnik supports the description of the law with summaries of more than 100 actual cases, including such well-known cases such as O.J. Simpson, Woody Allen and Mia Farrow, Barry Bonds, and Elian Gonzalez.

"Child Custody Made Simple" covers the complete range of issues. The book includes chapters on mediation, negotiating a parenting plan, and creating a custody schedule. And because it is common for a parent to go to court without a lawyer, the book also contains extensive chapters on researching the law, writing and serving court documents, and arguing in court. "Child Custody Made Simple" even includes detailed resources of the best divorce, child custody, and child support websites.

The author has more than ten years experience in family court, and has written a clear, comprehensive guide to this highly emotional subject.

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From the Author:

I wrote "Child Custody Made Simple" after spending many years in family court. I was not in family court by choice, but because I believe both parents have a right to raise their children, I was forced to defend my legal rights to raise my son.

During the never-ending litigation, I learned an enormous amount about civil lawsuits and child custody litigation. I then added to my knowledge by researching child custody and child support laws across the United States.

I don’t "take sides" in my book. I wrote the book in a gender-neutral style, and I asked my editor (a woman) to eliminate any hint of bias she found. However, there are gender bias problems in family court, and I do discuss them.

This fully revised second edition is now almost six hundred pages long. That may seem like a big book, but in my research, I could easily have produced a book almost 1,000 pages long.

Even with all this information, I still believe that separated or divorced parents should stay out of court and work out an agreement. However, that’s not always possible, and if you have to go to court, this book can help you.

About the Author:

Originally from New Jersey, Watnik moved to southern California to become a writer. In 1992, he graduated from the University of Southern California with a Master’s in writing.

Watnik learned about family law when his ex-wife took him to court seeking sole custody of their son, Wyeth. During the decade-long battle that followed, Watnik wrote "Child Custody Made Simple" and two other divorce books. Watnik and his son live in Southern California.

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