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ABC’s New Sitcom: Splitting Up Together

This week, ABC premiered a new sitcom featuring parents who want to divorce, but are saddled with more mortgage than house value, a situation that faces real-life couples.  Like many real-life families, the characters choose to remain in the same home, alternating parenting responsibilities for their children.  Lena and Martin, the parents on the show, Read More

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Should Adultery be Decriminalized?

By: Armin (Rick) Kuder In 2018, the Maryland legislature is expected to consider a Bill to decriminalize adultery. We are all familiar with adultery as an historic ground for divorce, or a factor to be considered in determining the cause and consequences of the breakup of the marriage, but few are aware that in many Read More

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Grounds for Divorce?

I do not know whether Reader’s Digest still fills in space after articles with oddities and jokes, but I recall that the magazine sometimes published laws that were found on the books of States, Cities and Counties that no longer had any purpose, but did amuse its readers.  Lost in the mists of time were Read More

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Swan Study

A very cute satirical article appeared on the Onion – one of my favorite diversions – today.  See here their farcical study of swan and human social behavior. Contrary to the joke of the article, a recent study shows that in the human species (the study did not observe swans) divorce rates are actually declining Read More

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Same Sex Divorce in Virginia

One interesting, if less significant, consequence of the Supreme Court’s decision not to decide is that same-sex couples who married in DC and live in Virginia will presumably no longer have access to divorce in DC. Under normal circumstances, one member of a couple seeking divorce in DC must have lived in that jurisdiction for Read More

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Hollywood on Custody and Military Service

We regularly see happy reunions on the nightly news when military Dad comes back from overseas deployment.  But as family lawyers we also regularly see families in conflict as a result of the absence of the military member.  Absence does not always make the heart grow fonder.  And children, especially little ones, may feel abandoned. Read More

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Snow Days and Marital Harmony

By R.S. The Washington Post ran an article today headlined, “Repeated School Closures Test Working Parents and Sometimes Marital Harmony” available here. The article provides an amusing yet profoundly insightful view into the juggling act of families with two working parents on days when their children’s schools or day cares are closed.  It comments on Read More

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How Do I File for Divorce in Virginia?

Filing for divorce is a confusing and difficult time. Aside from the emotional repercussions, the actual legal process is complex and overwhelming. If you are considering filing for divorce, contact a Virginia divorce attorney for assistance. VA Divorce Requirements To obtain a divorce in Virginia, either you or your spouse must be a resident of Read More

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Mediation Matters by Armin Kuder

by Armin Kuder: Mediation Matters “Mediation Matters” is the deliberately ambiguous title D.C. area mediator Carl D. Schneider, Ph.D. (www.mediate.com) uses to brand his mediation training.  Having trained under Dr. Schneider, I recently took my skills as a mediator to the University of Maryland Carey School of Law to assist in a regional competition titled Read More

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In Defense of Divorce Lawyers

Divorce lawyers (or, as we like to call ourselves, “family lawyers”) get a bad rap. A highly unscientific survey involving a group of people I was playing cards with and a couple of television characters has reminded me that divorce lawyers may be the least popular among practitioners of the highly unpopular profession of law. Read More

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