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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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This is the lowest per capita rate since 1968, and the second-lowest absolute number of divorces in this century. These are rates for 2018 -- that's how far behind the reporting of these numbers typically runs. The CDC's National Center... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2020 at Divorce Statistics and Studies Blog
My sons' Scouts BSA troop has suddenly become a food drive. (Though the scouts are also still doing a lot of work on various merit badges and rank requirements.) It started with the Gomez family, two of whose sons have led the troop as Senior Patrol Leader. They are close... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2020 at Parts of Speech
By John Crouch The “Child-Friendly Faith Project” has a full plate of deadly serious issues of child abuse, sexual abuse, domestic violence, etc. But for me, as a family law attorney, the idea of "Child-Friendly Faith” also raises other important... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2020 at The Family Law News Blog
Updated 4/23/20 By John Crouch and Sarah Panariello This year's legislative session included many modest but salutary amendments to make family life and family law a little more efficient and fair. There were also immense amounts of mostly political legislation... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2020 at The Family Law News Blog
"We state the factual allegations in the complaint in the light most favorable to the insurers, giving them the benefit of all reasonable inferences that arise from those allegations. However, we do not accept the veracity of conclusions of law... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2020 at The Family Law News Blog
The Rise in Divorce Rates, 1960-1974: Age-Specific Components By Robert T. Michael in Demography Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2020 at Divorce Statistics and Studies Blog
Divorce rates data, 1858 to now: how has it changed? Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2019 at Divorce Statistics and Studies Blog
Really. Nowadays relatively little information about divorces is collected; far less is aggregated and reported; and hardly any of it is actually studied, compared, correlated, etc. But from the beginning it was not so. The CDC's web site maintains these... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2019 at Divorce Statistics and Studies Blog
(Meanwhile, several major U.S. states don't even collect any raw data for divorce statistics) Marriages and divorces: Eurostat metadata Reference metadata 1. Contact 2. Metadata update 3. Statistical presentation 4. Unit of measure 5. Reference Period 6. Institutional Mandate 7.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2019 at Divorce Statistics and Studies Blog
These are rates for 2017 -- that's how far behind the reporting of these numbers typically runs. From the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics report, Divorce rates by State: 1990, 1995, and 1999-2017. State 2017 rate (divorces per 1,000... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2019 at Divorce Statistics and Studies Blog
And the absolute number of divorces is the lowest in the century, except for 2016. These are rates for 2017 -- that's how far behind the reporting of these numbers typically runs. The CDC's National Center for Health Statistics reports:... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2019 at Divorce Statistics and Studies Blog
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This seems awfully high, and this number is notoriously hard to determine -- you don't really know a cohort's divorce rate until they're all dead, and meanwhile they're all mixed up with other cohorts. Looking at the original source, these... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2019 at Divorce Statistics and Studies Blog
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
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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="https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martha_Raye">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