Hamden Lawyer Publishes Conn. Divorce Book As Part Of National Project

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Renee Bauer
Renee Bauer

Divorce isn't for the faint of heart. Just ask Renee Bauer. "Divorce makes the strongest people weak in the knees," said Bauer, a principal in Hamden's Bauer Law Group who has watched many a client struggle through a break-up.

Now Bauer has written a book on the subject. Unlike many written works by Connecticut lawyers, this one isn't a scholarly look at caselaw or alimony formulas. Instead, the simply titled "Divorce in Connecticut" is a how-two paperback written in simple, non-legal language and aimed at the average consumer.

"When someone is going through a divorce, they have so many questions. Sometimes they turn to their attorneys for answers. Sometimes they turn to the Internet. Sometimes they turn to friends and family,'' Bauer said. "Not all advice is good advice. This book was meant to help those people move through this time of transition with clarity and ease."

Bauer said the book is not meant to be a substitute for formal legal advice but "it is designed to create a better understanding of the divorce process so people can maintain some peace throughout the divorce journey."

"I hope to empower people to make sound, rational decisions throughout the divorce. Decisions that resound in knowledge are better than those decisions made from emotion and grief," she said of the book, which was officially released Jan. 6.

The book uses a Q&A format and includes questions such as:

• Should I hire a "bulldog" — a very aggressive attorney?

• I am still so angry at my spouse; how can I be expected to sit in the same room during a settlement conference?

• My spouse is posting inflammatory messages on Facebook and Twitter about me. What can I do about this?

• If my mother pays my legal fees, will my lawyer give her private information about my divorce?

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