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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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No-fault divorce law unconstitutional, judge rules By: Peter Vieth September 9, 2019 - Virginia Lawyers Weekly (Actually, what Fairfax judge Steven Shannon ruled was that in a husband-free marriage, it was unconstitutional for the law to require that a “husband... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2019 at The Family Law News Blog
'... Lawyer Bruce Christensen confirmed that the author has never met the boy, but denied that the youngster has expressed an interest in seeing his dad or is suffering from his absence. “This is the first time I’m hearing about... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2019 at The Family Law News Blog
GOVERNOR PROPOSED SUBSTITUTE INSTEAD OF APPROVING: SUBSTITUTE FOR: HB 2042 Assault and battery against a family or household member; prior conviction; mandatory minimum term of confinement. Provides that upon a conviction for assault and battery against a family or household... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2019 at The Family Law News Blog
‘Til Death Us Do Part--The Unintentional Fulfillment of Their Marital Vows, Even After their Divorce By COLLABORATIVE DIVORCE AMARILLO Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2018 at The Family Law News Blog
Common To Us, Confusing To Everyone Else: Things About America That Seem Odd To Visitors From Abroad As Americans, we may feel like we’re the center of the universe, but certain cultural quirks serve as reminders that there’s a big,... Continue reading
Über ehestablisierende Rechtstechniken On Marriage-Stabilizing Legal Techniques by Prof. Dr. Hans Hattenhauer Christian-Albrechts-Universitaet zu Kiel, Christian-Albrechts-University, City of Kiel Zeitschrift fuer das gesamte Familienrecht (FamZ) 1989, page 225 et. seq. Summary and Explanation by Antje S. Heinemann, J.D., with assistance... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2018 at The Family Law News Blog
"Everything the Media is WRONG about in Kelly Rutherford Custody Case" on the Divorce Matters Blog Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2018 at The Family Law News Blog
Under HB 746, which became law July 1, transfers to a revocable living trust for the benefit of a spouse are revoked by a divorce or annulment. The trust is not revoked, just those transfers or benefits are. The filing... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2018 at The Family Law News Blog
It's a feature, not a bug. Sometime you do it to use the shortest word possible in a headline, other times for variety, but as Gene Weingarten points out, also to "cover" yourself, or out of dull and stilted habit and a disregard for readers and their real-life experience, forgetting... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2018 at Parts of Speech
The Importance of Family Defense By Martin Guggenheim, ABA Family Law Quarterly Volume 48, No. 4 (Winter 2015) pp. 597-607 This article describes the growing field of “Family Defense,” which involves lawyers and other advocates working on behalf of parents... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2018 at The Family Law News Blog
Singer and actress Martha Raye, honored for her tireless work with the troops in WW2, had <a href="">seven marriages, lasting between 4 months and 9 years and averaging 3.5 years. She had 6 weddings in 19 years, 1937-1956. After her... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2018 at The Family Law News Blog
Matter of A-B-, Respondent Decided by Attorney General June 11, 2018 Cite as 27 I&N Dec. 316 (A.G. 2018) Interim Decision #3929 Continue reading
"Examples of settlements facing tax on 100% include recoveries ... from your ex-spouse for claims related to your divorce or children," tax lawyer Robert Wood wrote in Forbes recently. "Defamation, financial fraud, divorce, malpractice, false imprisonment — clients will be... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2018 at The Family Law News Blog
So says Jesse Rutledge of the National Center for State Courts in Williamsburg, Virginia, based on the Center's annual surveys of public opinion about the courts, and decades of working on how the courts interact with the population: "It’s really... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2018 at The Family Law News Blog
Bay area couples who separate or divorce are increasingly sharing a home for economic reasons, Amy Graff writes in SFGATE. The example she leads with includes a lawyer in private practice. For actual separation to be affordable, at least one... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2018 at The Family Law News Blog
"When parents split, new Virginia law will make it easier to get joint custody," Saleen Martin writes in the Virginian-Pilot. Looking at what the final version of the bill actually contains, I just don't see how it changes anything. But... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2018 at The Family Law News Blog
Divorce Corp Movie: All-or-None Thinking? By Bill Eddy Divorce Corp Movie Review Pt. 2 By Bill Eddy Rosenblum: 'Divorce Corp.' is stark reminder of high costs of U.S. breakups "An Essay on Divorce Corp., The Movie" By family law attorney... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2018 at The Family Law News Blog
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
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 May 17, 2018 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 May 16, 2018 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?", 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