Friendly Divorce and Finding Your Way Back to Joy?

Former Vice President Al Gore and wife Tipper to separate after 40 years of marriage, family friend tells CNN.

CNN Breaking News June 1st, 2010

I have to admit that if I were a betting man I would have without hesitancy, placed my money on the Clinton’s versus the Gore’s marriage as the the one most likely to end up in divorce court.

From high profile infidelities to the rigors of living in the fishbowl that is the political arena, marriages have succumbed to much less than the challenges faced by Bill and Hillary Clinton.

That said perhaps it is not always the sudden revelation of indiscretions that are always the most damaging, but as ABC reported on the Gore’s announcement that they were calling it quits after 40 years, it is instead the gradual and perhaps imperceptible “growing apart” in which the former Vice President and Presidential candidate and his wife of 40 years “carved out separate lives.”

Regardless of the circumstances, divorce is notwithstanding a trying period of change that can be exacerbated by acrimony and child custody battles that in the end can leave all parties drained both emotionally and financially.

Enter Attorney Rick. D. Banks, author of the critically acclaimed book “Friendly Divorce: The Definitive Guide to A Stress Free Divorce.”

I imagine that most people’s initial reaction to the words friendly and divorce would be somewhat the same as their reaction would be to the implied symmetry between BP and eco-friendly.   However, and make no mistake, Banks’ advice can help you to experience a healthy and happy divorce that will enable you to move on and “find your way back to joy.”

Joining me on Thursday, June 3rd at 8:00 PM EST on the PI Window on Business is non other than Rick D. Banks.

Rick D. Banks

About Rick:

Rick is a native of the Central San Joaquin Valley and has focused on family law and personal injury law since 2000, when he formed his Fresno firm. Since forming his firm, Rick has continued his work as a family law, trial lawyer and mediator and has received multiple referrals from clients and other attorneys throughout Central California.

When working with people who are divorcing, Rick tries to make the process as painless as possible. He understands the severe emotional and financial burden that people carry while suffering through their divorce. His practice tries to make the entire process as comfortable and friendly as possible.

He is proud of the divorces he has handled where his clients have been able to get what they want—be it keeping their assets or maximizing the support they get. He is also gratified by the parents he has helped to work out a custody situation that allows for frequent and continuous contact with their children. Rick is dedicated to helping couples and families through the painful process of divorce and other family law issues. What Rick is most proud of though, is his ability to assist couples get through the divorce process without having to hire expensive attorneys and fight ugly court battles that can destroy their lives.

Rick earned his law degree in 1999 from San Joaquin Law School in California. Before starting his legal career, he was a successful business owner for 20 years.

He is a member of the California Bar Association, Fresno County Bar Association, the Los Angeles Bar Association, the Consumer Attorneys of California, and the Association of Trial Lawyers of America.

Rick’s Book:

A complete Guide for anyone facing divorce, or already going through one. Friendly Divorce walks you through every step: from figuring out if divorce is really the best option for you, to tips and tricks that make the process as easy and painless as possible (both emotionally and financially) for all concerned. Special sections cover issues of support, custody, finances, and moving on after the divorce.

“Rick Banks’ Friendly Divorce includes some of the most important advice you will ever receive to help you experience a healthy and happy divorce. Read it and heed it, and enjoy finding your way back to joy.” –Peggy McColl, New York Times Best Selling Author

“Rick Banks is the human form of the computer help wizard at navigating the course of divorce. With is wit and story telling, he details effective steps to negotiate, to respond to tough questions, and to hire a mediator or lawyer while remaining poised and self-assured. Reading the book is like taking your confidence level from two to ten in seven hours.” –Rita Esterly, Ph.D. Psychologist and Strengths Coach

“The wisdom and strategies in “Friendly Divorce” will reduce your emotional and financial stress to a third or less than a typical divorce. I could even save your marriage. Rick Banks offers realistic, compassionate advice for untying the know in plain, clear language everyone can understand and use. He gently takes the reader by the hand from clarifying the decision to divorce through addressing all the emotional and legal factors involved in the process to restoring life balance after divorce. I highly recommend this book to everyone who is contemplating divorce and all the people they turn to for help; counselors, ministers, coaches, attorneys, family and friends.” –Aila Accad, RN, MSN, award-winning speaker and author of 34 Instant Stress-Busters.

Remember to use the following link to access both the Live and On-Demand broadcast “Friendly Divorce and Finding Your Way Back to Joy?” on Thursday, June 3rd at 8:00 PM EST on the PI Window on Business Show on Blog Talk Radio.


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