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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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Here's how family law bills in Richmond stand after Feb. 20: Signed by Governor, Enacted Into Law Divorce Let all government employees working overseas keep their Virginia residency and ability to get a Virginia divorce; not just servicemembers and foreign... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2017 at The Family Law News Blog
Here's how family law bills in Richmond stand after Feb. 20: Freshly killed in second house, after passing one house, since last post: Make all ex parte protective orders state the allegations they are based on, including in-court testimony as... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2017 at The Family Law News Blog
(And husband-beater.) I'm a divorce lawyer, so I should know. Masked Berkeley rioter Neil Lawrence makes the all-too-familiar argument that violence is OK when people don't shut up and obey even after you ask nicely: "But when you consider everything... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2017 at The Family Law News Blog
Here's how family law bills in Richmond stand after Feb. 16: Fresh kills since last post Criminal financial exploitation or physical abuse/neglect of people incapacitated mentally, physically, or by age. Guardians ad litem in custody/visitation/parenting time cases must file certificate... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2017 at The Family Law News Blog
Tom, these are case reports that are usually written right when the cases come out from the appeals courts. We can't go back and revise each one every time some new case or statute changes the law. But if you want to add more comments explaining what has changed since then, either with this case or with the state of the law that was described above, That would be really nice, and useful. John
Here's how family law bills in Richmond stand after Feb. 8, in this order: (1) Passed one house (2) Committee-Approved (3) Subcommittee-Approved (4) Just a-waiting here on Capitol Hill (5) Killed. Fresh kills since last post Criminal financial exploitation or... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2017 at The Family Law News Blog
Campaign to end Muslim divorce rite sparks debate in India about role of women By Rama Lakshmi / The Washington Post Published: Tuesday, January 31st, 2017 at 8:21am Continue reading
Here's how family law bills in Richmond stand after Feb. 6, in this order: (1) Passed one house (2) Committee-Approved (3) Subcommittee-Approved (4) Just a-waiting here on Capitol Hill (5) Killed. Highlights of what has passed one house: Crack down... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2017 at The Family Law News Blog
The Virginia Supreme Court has approved rule changes passed by the Virginia State Bar Council to allow more flexibility and discretion in applying the rules that (1) require new lawyers to take a professionalism course and (2) duplicate other states'... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2017 at The Family Law News Blog
Here's how bills stand after Feb. 1, in this order: (1) Passed one house (2) Committee-Approved (3) Subcommittee-Approved (4) Just a-waiting here on Capitol Hill (5) Killed. Highlights of what has passed one house: Clergy & religious institutions needn't celebrate... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2017 at The Family Law News Blog
Here's how bills stand after Jan. 26, in this order: (1) Passed one house (2) Approved by committee (3) Approved by subcommittee (4) Awaiting any committee or subcommittee action (5) Killed. Passed House or Senate: Marriage (Just you wait ...)... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2017 at The Family Law News Blog
Bills that made progress since last post: Change "visitation" to "parenting time", but only as a discretionary option Let all government employees working overseas keep Virginia residency and get a Virginia divorce Home studies must conform to a standard "template"... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2017 at The Family Law News Blog
Here's how bills stand after House and Senate Committees met on Jan. 18, in this order: (1) Approved by committee (2) Approved by subcommittee (3) Awaiting any committee or subcommittee action (4) Killed. Approved by Committee: Firearms training for abuse... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2017 at The Family Law News Blog
Here's how things stand after House and Senate Committees met on Jan. 18, in this order: Approved by committee. Approved by subcommittee. Not yet acted on by any committee or subcommittee. Killed. by any of several methods: Defeated, recommended not... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2017 at The Family Law News Blog
[Updated to reflect Committee and Subcommittee action on MLK Day] Just on today's agenda for the house civil law subcommittee: Change the word "visitation" to "parenting time", except in abuse or neglect cases. [subcommittee approved unanimously with amendments] Let child... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2017 at The Family Law News Blog
<<According to the Tribune, Sacks “has long had a reputation for delivering strongly worded rebukes from the bench.” He was reassigned for four months to domestic relations court in 2004 for what the Tribune describes as his “profanity-punctuated lecture” during... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2016 at The Family Law News Blog
Want More Self-Control During Conflict? Try Appealing to your Future Self by Tammy Lenski on mediate.com. Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2016 at The Family Law News Blog
This NY Times Magazine article is about much more than "How ‘Bias’ Went From a Psychological Observation to a Political Accusation" By EMILY BAZELON, OCT. 18, 2016 Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2016 at The Family Law News Blog
We started this blog because of journalism's abysmal failure to exercise basic skepticism, objectivity and diligence when covering family law, and especially hotly contested cases about children. So we are delighted to give credit where credit is due. This story... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2016 at The Family Law News Blog
What's going on in Virginia's pro-bono-reporting controversy was illuminated for me by a recent interview with law professor Richard Epstein, known for many things but first for his monumental works on Strict Liability and Eminent Domain. "... We're now entering... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2016 at The Family Law News Blog
In the Clinton impeachment we decided that perjury isn't an impeachable offense, at least when it's basically about a president's private life and not the essential parts of his job, treason, murder, rape, subverting democratic elections, corruption ... . But... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2016 at The Family Law News Blog
"Diane married James against [her] guardian’s wishes and [the guardian] wanted to get the marriage annulled. Kaine represented Diane in a lawsuit to preserve her marriage. He fought the guardian and won, learning that the guardian wanted Diane’s dis­ability checks.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2016 at The Family Law News Blog
Larry Gaughan, an elder statesman of family law and mediation in Northern Virginia, recently reflected on the legal profession's excessive focus on case-law, and the attitude that law isn't real until it has been applied in a published appeals court... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2016 at The Family Law News Blog
The ABA reports that mandatory pro bono reporting policies, in states that had recently enacted them, were followed by sharp decreases in four states, and a slight increase in one state, from 2009 to 2013. In the states that had... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2016 at The Family Law News Blog
Headlines from a Mathematically Literate World by Ben Orlin at mathwithbaddrawings.com Big caveat: Some of the examples make points that go outside the author's actual expertise -- he's solid on mathematics and statistics but those necessarily overlap all kinds of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2016 at Divorce Statistics and Studies Blog