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

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Renee Bauer
Renee Bauer

The book is being publishe by Addicus Books, of Nebraska, and will be sold on Amazon.com and in bookstores.

This isn't Bauer's first foray into book writing. In 2009, she authored a book called: "The Ultimate Guide to Solo and Small Firm Success," by LawFirst Publishing, which is the Connecticut Bar Association's publishing company.

Rod Colvin, publisher of Addicus Books, describes the divorce book as very "reader friendly."

"It's not difficult to comprehend. A lot of good information is provided in bite-size chunks," Colvin said. "There is so much you need to understand legally when divorcing. If you do not understand, you could end up getting a divorce that ends up being totally unfair...and it could be costly, literally. This book helps someone going through divorce become an informed consumer."

The publishing company has signed 23 attorneys to write books on divorce in their particular state. "So far, six books from various states are off the press," he said. "The rest of the books are in development, and the entire project is moving along smoothly. Eventually, we would like to have a book for each state."

Because each divorce case is "fact-specific," Bauer said it's hard for couples who are splitting up get good information from another person —for example, a friend or co-worker— who may have gone through a divorce. "It's not a one-size-fits-all," she said, adding that some people think: "If my friend's brother got this result, I should, too."

With that caveat, she does hope this guide will offer generally helpful information. "Sometimes just having knowledge is power," Bauer said. "Some attorneys take the time to explain [the process]. Others don't."

One thing Bauer has noticed while practicing family law is that people get "very emotional and they make decisions based on emotions, not factual information."

One example is when a client wants to keep living in a family home, but cannot financially afford to on one income. In other cases, people react out of bitterness or resentment. "Sometimes the kids get tangled up in the parents' feelings for each other," Bauer said. "The children are being exposed to things they shouldn't be."

In addition to handling divorce cases for adults, Bauer acts as a guardian ad litem for children and also does mediation work. In addition to her books, she has authored multiple articles, including "Sexting Dangers," which was published in Connecticut Lawyer in 2010.

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