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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 parenthood, but more importantly, in preventing them.
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The worst "countries demonstrating a pattern of noncompliance" in 2017: Argentina Bahamas Brazil China Dominican Republic Ecuador India Japan Jordan Morocco Peru United Arab Emirates -- Department of State, Annual Report on International Child Abduction, 2018 "The 2018 report said... Continue reading
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These law books have been handed down from lawyer to lawyer, including: Richard Henry Lee, 1732-1794. Justice of the Peace, Delegate to the Virginia House of Burgesses and the Continental Congress, signer and leading proponent of the Declaration of Independence,... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Family Law News Blog
A federal court in a Hague case granted comity to a German court decision in an earlier Hague case between the same parents, which had denied return on the consent issue alone and thus did not make a finding on... Continue reading
"There shall be a presumption, rebuttable by a preponderance of evidence, that joint custody and equally shared parenting time is in the best interest of the child. If a deviation from equal parenting time is warranted, the court shall construct... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Family Law News Blog
There was a lot of interest on social media in Jesse Singal's analysis of how President Trump deals quickly and authoritatively with issues he admittedly knows nothing about. Singal was thunderstruck at how monstrously dangerous it was to have major... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2018 at The Family Law News Blog
The Justice Rajesh Bindal Committee, assigned to evaluate joining the Hague Convention on international parental child abduction, has instead proposed creating an "Inter-Country Parental Child Removal Disputes Resolution Authority". The proposal expressly rejects some basic principles of the Hague Convention... Continue reading
"How Much Does Infidelity Cost?", Forbes.com asks. I'm just glad someone is asking the question, and acknowledging that such choices, and divorce, have costs and are not "value-neutral." The article starts with costs so trivial as to be ridiculous, but... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2018 at The Family Law News Blog
US divorce rate up: 0.32% in 2016, was 0.31% in '15. Marriage rate flat at 0.69% Head to the Midwest for extremes of highest and lowest divorce rates; Nevada yields century-long lead to Oklahoma. Divorce rate rose fast for older... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2018 at The Family Law News Blog
One of those crank lawsuits of a kind that gets filed and discarded every day has, for once, gotten big coverage in a mainstream newspaper. "Lawsuit claims divorce court is a racket: Dismissed at district level, case is being appealed... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2018 at The Family Law News Blog
Giving new meaning to the term "moot court", Canada's Supreme Court used a Hague Convention case, which everyone agreed was moot, to debate whether it was better to say that the petitioner had successfully proved Habitual Residence under a "hybrid"... Continue reading
A Lynchburg, Va. federal court rejected an argument that an affidavit of support only allows a state-court breach of contract suit. It said the great majority of courts that have considered the issue have found that federal courts have jurisdiction... Continue reading
As an international and collaborative lawyer, I love to find unexpected gap-bridgers combining the theoretical insights and in-the-trenches realities of two different fields. "The International Association of Forensic Linguists (IAFL) aims to bring together those working on all aspects of... Continue reading
A mother who exposed the child to her long and hard drug use, her physical abuse of the father, boyfriends' physical abuse of her, and boyfriends who had been charged with molesting their own children and ordered to have no... Continue reading
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“Twilight Divorces” and National Pension Splits Both on the Rise Posted on March 16, 2018 by Korea Bizwire According to figures released recently by the Ministry of Civil Affairs, the “crude divorce rate” – which measures the number of separations... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2018 at Divorce Statistics and Studies Blog
HMCTS tests fully digital divorce application By Tony Roe Continue reading
For Black Boys, Family Structure Still Matters MARCH 22, 2018 by W. Bradford Wilcox at Institute for Family Studies Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2018 at Divorce Statistics and Studies Blog
In 2015, for every 1,000 married persons ages 50 and older, 10 divorced – up from five in 1990. ... While the divorce rate for adults 50 and older has risen sharply over the past 25 years, it has remained... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2018 at Divorce Statistics and Studies Blog
(Might be better expressed as 2.2%. considering that one divorce involves two people.) Caution: I don't know exactly what the U.N. data source is, but it uses a U.S. rate from sometime in the 20th Century, over one-third higher than... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2018 at Divorce Statistics and Studies Blog
Are Divorce Rates Really Higher for Parents of Kids With Disabilities? By Calleen Petersen in The Mighty•March 23, 2018 However, see also: While it is positive to hear that an oft-cited report that 80% of parents of a child with... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2018 at Divorce Statistics and Studies Blog
Japan has finally ordered a child returned to another country under the recently-ratified Hague Convention on child abduction. But there's more, and less, than that going on in the case currently in the news, longtime Japanese family law observer Colin... Continue reading
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From "Marriage and divorce rates" by OECD - Social Policy Division, posted 8/5/16. (Another source claims that the Maldives, not listed here, has over twice as much divorce as Russia.) Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2018 at Divorce Statistics and Studies Blog
The overall divorce rate among both male and female service members held steady in fiscal 2017, marking the fourth year running that the rate has hovered between 3 percent and 3.1 percent. About 21,290 of 689,060 married troops divorced over... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2018 at Divorce Statistics and Studies Blog
At the end of 2017, couples began to be affected by Pennsylvania's the new divorce law, which cut the living-apart period before filing contested no-fault divorce litigation, without mutual consent and without all the financial and child-related issues worked out,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2018 at The Family Law News Blog
The annual census numbers do not count who is "divorced" as in "ever divorced;" they report current marital status. Total Population 15 Years Old and Over 259,063,000 Currently-divorced 25,482,000 Including 3,700,000 more women than men. Never married 82,912,000 Including 4,738,000... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2018 at Divorce Statistics and Studies Blog