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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) February 26, 2013 – Numbers released at the end of 2012 show some surprising information about divorce in the U.S. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, divorce rates have been dropping since 1996 for almost all demographic groups. While close to 50 percent of all marriages end in divorce, the numbers tell a slightly more interesting story. For first marriages, approximately 41 percent end in divorce, while 70 percent of second marriages are terminated, and 73 percent of third marriages wrapped up. In other words, the more an individual divorces, the more likely it is […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) February 19, 2013 – After 40 years, Sesame Street, the long-running children’s show on television, is talking about divorce. Sesame Street has put together a series for children and parents, “Little Children, Big Challenges: Divorce.” The Muppet character, Abby Cadabby, explains to Elmo that she lives in two different houses, because her parents reside in two different places. She also explores all the different ways she feels about having parents who are divorced with the help from her human friend, Gordon. “You can feel mad, or bad or scared, or sad, all at the same […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) January 23, 2013 – One-third of adult homeowners now are living with their aging parent or adult child. Many of those adult children moved back “home” post-divorce. According to author Marsha Temlock’s new book, “Your Child’s Divorce: What to Expect – What You Can Do,” this is an all-too-common scenario. Adults who are put in the position of comforting and supporting their newly-split adult child may have some difficulty adjusting, says Temlock. “Divorce can be a transition for everyone in the family, not just the split couple,” agrees Fairfax divorce lawyer Lisa McDevitt. “Family members […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) January 8, 2013 – Divorce rates continue to follow economic trends. The recent study, “Til Recession Do Us Part: Booms, Busts, and Divorce in the United States,” is out in early 2013, but researchers are already talking about how divorce rates follow the economic trends. A solid indicator of a growing and hearty economy in the U.S. is a high divorce rate, according to a professor of economics in the College of Business Administration. Abdur Chowdhury’s study shows that couples are more likely to divorce when things are good “out there,” and less likely to […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) December 19, 2012 – A recent study states that Northern Virginia has seen a dramatic rise in domestic violence arrests. The study, Domestic Violence in Virginia 2006-2010, just released by the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services’ Criminal Justice Research Center, shows an increase of almost 70 percent in domestic violence arrests from 2006 to 2010. The greatest increase in the number of arrests was in Fairfax County: arrests were up by more than 300 percent in the five years studied. The statics, compiled by the Fairfax County Police, show more than 1,750 domestic assault […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) December 14, 2012 – According to the Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement, billions of dollars are owed each year in unpaid child support. In 2009, non-custodial parents owed more than $100 billion. The unpaid support becomes a government issue and an issue for taxpayers: a large number of the children not getting that support have to go on public assistance. If a child is on public assistance, the child support payments owed are supposed to go to the government as reimbursement: almost 50 percent of the money owed, approximately $53 billion, is currently owed […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) November 27, 2012 – According to Fairfax divorce attorney Lisa McDevitt, there are several changes an individual may wish to make to their estate plans when they divorce their spouse. “One of the things you should check is if you need to rewrite your power of attorney,” says McDevitt. “Your divorce may not invalidate your will, but may invalidate your spouse as power of attorney.” If a divorced couple on good terms wishes to keep each other as “attorney in fact,” it is advisable to check with the divorce attorney during the proceedings and work […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) November 16, 2012 – October was National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, but awareness should be year-round. Even though most think of a “battered wife” or girlfriend when they think of domestic violence, both men and women, and both same-sex and opposite-sex relationships, can experience domestic violence. And while domestic violence awareness continues to grow in the U.S., the numbers do not seem to be dropping. The National Centers for Disease Control has reported that some 40 percent of physical domestic violence is against men, and 50 percent of assaults that involve deadly weapons are against […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) October 12, 2012 – According to “A Matter Of Trust,” a recent article in The Wall Street Journal, naming a trustee is one of the toughest and most important key estate decisions a person can make. If a trust has already been prepared, says author Jeanine Skowronski, it is advisable to review the documents to make certain the trustee chosen years, or even decades earlier, is the same person to oversee estate issues in the future. It may be that changes should be made. Many people decide on a trustee when they have young children; […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) October 5, 2012 – Though divorces happen, a contentious divorce doesn’t have to be standard operating procedure. Author Alan Dunn recently argued in Huffington Post’s “A Diplomatic Divorce Is the Only Way to Go,” that though divorce is fraught with emotion, regardless of the reason for the split, it is possible to have an amicable divorce. Dunn defines an “amicable divorce” as one where the parties agree to the terms of spousal support, custody arrangements, child support, and the division of estate and other assets without first going before a judge. An amicable divorce is […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) September 17, 2012 – According to a recent study by Ohio State University, more and more couples are delaying formal divorce proceedings due to financial concerns. The researchers surveyed more than 7,000 men and women from 1979 to 2008; some 85 percent of those who reported that they, and their spouses had separated, were divorced within three years. However, the other 15 percent of those surveyed reported that they, and their spouse separated, but did not get a divorce for as long as 10 years, due to cost, as well as child care and other […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) September 14, 2012 – The estate tax debate in Congress could shift towards the adoption of a top rate of 45 percent on individual estates over $3.5 million. Another potential development is moving the per-person exemption from $5.12 million to $3.5 million for farms and small businesses. It is not just Republicans who are resisting President Obama’s push on the estate tax. Some Democrats are also worried about the effects of tax increases. The estate tax was branded some years ago as the death tax, a strategy which seems to have been effective from the […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) September 10, 2012 – A new bill in front of the California State Assembly would allow judges to recognize more than two parents for one child. The legislation has passed the California Senate and is slated to be sent to the governor’s office soon. Sen. Mark Leno (D) originally introduced the bill in response to a Court of Appeals ruling that stated courts did not have the authority to recognize more than two parents for a child, and that the legislature must grant them that ability. The Court of Appeals ruling overturned a lower court […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) September 5, 2012 – The Uniform Law Commission has provided their final approval for the Deployed Parents Custody and Visitation Act, a codification of rights for deployed military parents. Used by various state legislatures, the Act attempts to unify the rights of military parents in custody arrangements. Because military personnel often live in different states and on a variety of bases, individual state legislatures may have adopted their own child custody and visitation rules. However, if these rules vary widely by state, there could be confusion created by all the differences. Furthermore, it is common […]


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FairFax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) August 31, 2012 – According to a recent survey, 90 percent of Americans polled will be making significant changes to their savings, investment and estate plans within the next six months plan. The research, conducted by Opinion Research Corp for Edward Jones & Co., L.P., surveyed respondents on how they view the potential financial impact of both domestic and international events. Of the more than 1,000 people surveyed, 39 percent cited the U.S. presidential election as their largest concern, while 30 percent indicated health care as their main issue, and 21 percent were most concerned […]


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