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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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D.C. Superior Court Attorney Negotiator Program

The following post is written by Kristen McElroy, a paralegal at Kuder, Smollar, Friedman, & Mihalik who has coordinated KSFM’s volunteer efforts with the Attorney Negotiator program at the DC Superior Court for the past five years. D.C. Superior Court Attorney Negotiator Program As a paralegal, my role is to provide administrative support to the Read More

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Wedding Expenses and Marriage Duration

One of my favorite parts of my work at Kuder, Smollar, Friedman, & Mihalik, PC, is working with soon-to-be-wed clients on their Premarital Agreements.  Planning a wedding, a marriage, and a life together is stressful and scary and hopeful and beautiful and exciting.  I am overjoyed to be part of that process for many people.  Read More

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“Typical” Families

The Washington Post published another fascinating article on changing families this morning, citing a report from the Council on Contemporary Families being released today.  The study shows empirically what we know to be true (and what I blog about frequently) – families are more diverse than ever, and it is not necessarily a bad thing.  Read More

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Paternity Leave

NPR ran a story last week about paternity leave, noting that very few employers provide paid paternity leave, though more fathers desire or even expect it.  The full story is available here. The District of Columbia has a strong policy in favor of children having relationships with both parents.  We see it in many areas Read More

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Millennials Say “No” to Marriage

An article that was posted Sunday from CNNMoney reads, “When it comes to marriage, Millennials[1] are saying ‘I don’t.’” The entire article, sans graphics, can be summarized in the first paragraph:          Today’s young adults are on track have the lowest rates of marriage by age 40 compared to any previous generation. If the current Read More

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How Much Alimony?

By Armin U. Kuder “How much alimony am I entitled to?”  This used to be a question only asked by economically dependent women.  It is now being asked by men who do not earn as much as their wives, and same-sex partners.  Whoever the questioner, we family law practitioners invariably give a carefully crafted, limited, Read More

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Generation of Cohabiters

By Julianne Edwards-Ransom  I am of the age and generation where many of my friends are cohabiting with significant others before marriage.  Not coincidentally, many from my generation grew up with divorced parents or with other “modern family” permutations.  When we discuss the advantages of cohabitation before marriage, many twenty-somethings believe living with their partner Read More

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Using Collaborative Practice During a Divorce

From property division to child custody, divorce requires making many important decisions. The most effective and amicable way to decide on the terms of a divorce is to use alternative dispute resolution (ADR), instead of leaving your fate in the hands of a judge. Collaborative practice is a form of ADR that allows the honest, Read More

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Parenting Help

By Armin U. Kuder Our thanks to Eileen Coen ([email protected]), an experienced family law mediator, for bringing our attention to UptoParents.org, a non-profit focusing on parenting by separated, divorcing and divorced parents.  The website presents a variety of articles, and, perhaps more importantly, tools to assist parents in meeting the needs of children caught up Read More

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