Emily Doskow


Emily Doskow is a practicing attorney and mediator who has worked with families in the Bay Area since 1989. She is the author of Nolo's Essential Guide to Divorce, the co-author of Making It Legal: A Guide to Same-Sex Marriage, Domestic Partnership & Civil Unions and The Sharing Solution: How to Save Money, Simplify Your Life & Build Community, and the editor of many Nolo titles, including Divorce Without Court: A Guide to Mediation and Collaborative Divorce and the bestselling Neighbor Law: Fences, Trees Boundaries & Noise. She specializes in family law, including adoption, parentage issues, domestic partnership formation and dissolution, and divorce. She is a graduate of the Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley.  

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Do-It-Yourself Divorce: Top Ten Tips
Are you a good candidate for a do-it-yourself divorce? Find out here.
Child Custody Evaluations
If you're in a contested custody trial, the judge may order a custody evaluation. Continue reading to learn more about the experts that prepare these reports.
Differences Between Legal and Physical Child Custody
What's the difference between legal and physical custody, and what do they look like?
Mediation vs. Collaboration: Factors to Consider in Choosing the Right Approach for You
How to decide whether mediation or collaborative divorce is right for you.
The Best Interests of the Child: Factors a Judge May Consider in Deciding Custody
What do judges consider when deciding child custody cases?
Child Support: How Judges Decide the Amount
How do judges determine how much child support to order? State guidelines are the starting point.
The Stages of Divorce Mediation
What does a mediation really look like? Here's an explanation of the stages of mediation.
Child Custody Evaluations: Do’s and Don’ts for Parents
If a child custody evaluation is part of your divorce, make sure you handle it well.
Alimony: How Courts Set the Support Amount
Spousal support isn't like child support, with state guidelines for deciding the amount. Instead, judges consider a number of factors.
Selling the House When You Divorce
One of the options you have to deal with the house during divorce is to sell it and divide the proceeds.