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How Are Divorce Proceedings Being Affected by the COVID-19 Quarantine?

Throughout the United States, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed our daily routine in ways that none of us could have ever imagined. Like everyone else, spouses who are already experiencing the turmoil associated with divorce have been forced to deal with additional challenges. Despite the obstacles, it is important to maintain control over what you Read More

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Will the U.S. See its Divorce Rate Spike After the COVID-19 Quarantine Ends?

With so many American residents stuck at home with their families, prognosticators have predicted that several months down the road, the country could experience a baby boom and a divorce deluge. Unlike a cozy blizzard that keeps you home from work for a few days, a global pandemic that triggers shelter-in-place orders spreading over multiple Read More

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Who Gets the Stimulus Check When Spouses Are Separated or Divorcing?

Going through a divorce is stressful enough, but the coronavirus pandemic spreading throughout the United States presents additional complications for spouses who have decided to split. In addition to changes that might need to be made regarding custody and visitation arrangements while travel is restricted, negotiations over property division need to address any new economic Read More

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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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