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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 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
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