Free Downloads: Divorce & Splitting Up Book
Following the publication of my latest divorce book, Divorce & Splitting Up: Advice From a Top Divorce Lawyer, the eagle-eyed among you may have noticed a couple of changes to this blog’s homepage. In addition to the appearance of the front cover of in the blog sidebar, there are links to free downloads at the top and bottom of the homepage:
Visit the Downloads page, and you will find two free worksheets. These were drawn up for readers of the book, and accompany Chapters 17 and 18, which focus upon divorce and finances. However I hope that these worksheets will also prove useful to others who are going through the divorce process.
Both worksheets can be downloaded as PDFs, and printed.
Basic Budget Worksheet
When a couple divorces, the overall outcome must be fair and reasonable to both parties. The court must consider first and foremost the welfare of the children, and where the children are to live. Among other things, it must also consider each party’s financial needs, obligations and responsibilities. This includes what each party has at the time, and is likely to have in the foreseeable future. This worksheet is an example of one of the most basic budget sheets we use at Stowe Family Law, to help our clients work out exactly what their expenditure requirements are.
Form E Worksheet
The court will want to see the budgets for both spouses and the children, in terms of future income and capital needs. All of this information must be set out in your Form E. It makes no sense to exaggerate or underplay your budgets. The judge won’t be impressed or swayed. Your future housing need and income requirements are some of the most critical parts of your Form E, so investigate and do your homework before submitting this information to the court.
Your solicitors will give you budgetary advice, but if not, this Form E budget worksheet will be a useful starting point. If you have more than one child, vehicle or property, a separate budget can be prepared for each if necessary. This means that the separate costs can be identified far more easily.
You can find the free downloads here:
I have had some good feedback so far, and I would like to thank those of you who are reading the book, and who have already contacted me or left an Amazon review. As ever, your thoughts and ideas are greatly appreciated. As a result of the feedback received to date, I am already planning to add additional resources to the free downloads section, so watch this space…
If you would like to know more about divorce and finances, Divorce & Splitting Up: Advice From a Top Divorce Lawyer is available from the Amazon Kindle store for just 99p. If you do not have a Kindle device you can install Amazon’s free Kindle reader on your computer or phone. Almost 600 copies have been sold this month, and all royalties go to The Children’s Society.
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Marilyn Stowe is the senior partner in Stowe Family Law, which has offices in Yorkshire, Cheshire and London. With more than 30 years’ experience handling divorce cases and family law proceedings she is regarded as one of the most formidable and sought after divorce lawyers in the UK. In 2012, Marilyn became one of the first solicitors to qualify as a family law arbitrator.
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These downloads accompany Marilyn Stowe's latest book: Divorce & Splitting Up: Advice From a Top Divorce Lawyer. After opening, right click to save to your computer.
For more free downloads, visit the Downloads section.