October 5, 2006
Book review: The Divorce Lawyers’ Guide
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Perhaps. Romantic? Thoughtful? Sensitive? No! No! No! To me, the very act of demanding a prenup from a prospective spouse sends an odious message: "Although I promise to love you for all eternity, I'm also simultaneously planning for a divorce."
Talk about mixed messages.
In her quest for thoroughness, Jaffe also has a tendency to overreach at times. Do we really need to detail the many ways drug and alcohol abuse can destroy a marriage? Also, why devote nine pages to how marriages between straights and closeted gays seem headed for divorce court? Big surprise.
Criticisms notwithstanding, Jaffe succeeds in dissecting some of the many reasons marriages fail. More important, she offers good advice and resources for helping to repair the damage. That she does all this in about 200 mostly entertaining pages testifies to her ability to boil complex ideas and concepts down to their bare essence. Anyone interested in understanding what makes marriage work, or not, might want to snap up a copy of "The Divorce Lawyers' Guide to Staying Married."
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