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John Crouch
Arlington, Virginia
I am a long-time family-law and estate-planning lawyer who believes in improving divorce and single parentood, but more importantly, in preventing them.
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Law Commission all set to go through family laws of all religions By Raghav Ohri in the Economic Times Continue reading
The House-passed GOP tax bill shifts the tax burden on alimony from alimony payors to recipients. I.e., about 97% of the time, from divorced women to divorced men, who we all assume are in higher tax brackets than their exes.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2017 at The Family Law News Blog
Legions of critics endlessly cite the logical flaws and dangers of "Identity Politics" on the left and even on the right, but as Mary Eberstadt points out, they overlook that emotionally, it's deeply authentic and heartfelt. Indeed, it has become... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2017 at The Family Law News Blog
"Ignore the clickbait headline and actually read this," my friend Bonnie Algera writes. How right she is. If You Don’t Want To Regret Your Life 30 Years Later, Make This One Choice Right Now By Michael Simmons on medium.com Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2017 at The Family Law News Blog
Divorce Rates for Different Groups By NATHAN YAU on DATA UNDERLOAD, 3/30/16 (using data through 2014) Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2017 at Divorce Statistics and Studies Blog
"About 70 percent of marriages that began in the 1990s reached their 15th anniversary, up from about 65 percent of those that began in the 1970s and 1980s.Those who married in the 2000s are so far divorcing at even lower... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2017 at Divorce Statistics and Studies Blog
From Passing the Bar: Poems to Learn the Law By, by John Crouch Negligence — The Offhand Formula McCarty v. Pheasant Run, Inc. 826 F.2d 1554 (U.S. 7th Circuit 1987) Held, by the Foremost Jurist of his Time, and an... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2017 at The Family Law News Blog
When Justice Isn’t So Blind A study of federal judges finds that they don’t just rely on facts and legal precedents when making decisions By Robert M. Sapolsky in the Wall Street Journal Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2017 at The Family Law News Blog
The Appalachian Go-Round: Family Instability in America’s Highland by Lyman Stone, @LYMANSTONEKY Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2017 at Divorce Statistics and Studies Blog
This isn't your typical "History of English" article. It's by John McWhorter, who has a great audio course on linguistics. English is not normal: No, English isn’t uniquely vibrant or mighty or adaptable. But it really is weirder than pretty much every other language Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2017 at Parts of Speech
Here's my reply to Chris Brecheen's '10 Words Writers Need to Learn to Use "Correctly"': The problem with most of these is not that they're Pedantically Incorrect: It's that when used incorrectly, they're twee, faux-highbrow words that most people don't really understand, in situations where normal straightforward words would work... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2017 at Parts of Speech
American civil and family courts have dealt with foreign law routinely and undramatically for centuries, including Sharia. People have always had lawsuits about actions and situations that happen in other countries or across several borders, and so the law has... Continue reading
Press deploys its worst bureaucratese against Portland's anti-Muslim killer, Constitution-burning mayor Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2017 at Parts of Speech
"X% of women were raped." "Battered women". "The accuser". The passive voice leads us to ignore responsibilities, actions, transgressions. But it is the politically correct way to talk about sex and violence. (Ah, there's another one, this "violence" that just somehow happens, that we talk about as if it were... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2017 at Parts of Speech
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From "21 idioms that make no sense when translated" by Morgane Croissant Continue reading
COLLABORATIVE DIVORCE HAS NOW TAKEN HOLD IN ITALY: STATUS AND PROSPECT By Marco Calabrese Continue reading
Here's how family law bills passed by both houses of Virginia's General Assembly stand on March 27. The governor's vetoes and changes will be dealt with when the Assembly reconvenes on April 5. Governor Vetoed or Requests Changes: Clergy &... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2017 at The Family Law News Blog
Make motions more powerful by writing openers that focus on 'deep issues' By Bryan A. Garner in the ABA Journal Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2017 at Parts of Speech
"SPARE ME THE FASHIONESE" by LUKE LEITCH on The Economists's 1843magazine.com ... A stultifying sub-dialect of pseudo-professionalism has also sprouted, in which the acquisition and possession of fashion is made to sound like a full-time job. If you get rid of old clothes to make way for some new ones,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2017 at Parts of Speech
PER-CAPITA RATES from CDC NCHS: National marriage and divorce rate trends for 2000-2015 Divorce rates by State: 1990, 1995, and 1999-2015 (Note: Annual divorces per capita were 0.31%, but we always double that number as there are two people in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2017 at Divorce Statistics and Studies Blog
Here's how family law bills passed by both houses of Virginia's General Assembly stand on March 27. The governor's vetoes and changes will be dealt with when the Assembly reconvenes on April 5. Governor Vetoed or Requests Changes: Clergy &... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2017 at The Family Law News Blog
Here's how family law bills in Richmond stand after Feb. 20: Governor Vetoed or Requests Changes: Clergy & religious institutions needn't celebrate marriages they disapprove of. -- VETOED Firearms training for abuse victims -- VETOED Anyone protected by a protective... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2017 at The Family Law News Blog