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What Makes for a Successful Marriage?

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This article by Mark Manson describes the very common marital experiences of 1,500 men and women who volunteered their thoughts on why many of their marriages work, and why many have failed. The common themes are compelling, including having realistic expectations about relationships and romantic love, maintaining respect for one another through all of life’s unexpected changes, and supporting each other’s pursuit of independent interests. It’s lengthy, but a worthwhile
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New Legislation Relating to Spousal Support

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The Virginia General Assembly has approved House Bill 2289, which expands the court’s authority in divorce cases where spousal support is awarded to one party.  Assuming approval by the Governor, courts will be able to order a former spouse to maintain an existing or lapsed life insurance policy, designate the other party as beneficiary, allocate the premium cost of life insurance between the parties, and order the insured party to

MDMB Partners to Attend Advanced Family Law Seminar

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Laura Dove, Augusta Meacham, and Jennifer Bradley will be attending the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association’s semi-annual Advanced Family Law Retreat at Keswick Hall in Charlottesville on February 24-25.  Topics will include pretrial motions, opening statements, cross-examinations, expert witness testimony, closing arguments, and social media evidence, with many of the top family law attorneys in the state presenting.
  On Friday, February 17, the General Assembly voted its approval of HB271, which replaces the term “visitation” with the more neutral phrase “parenting time” in statutory language addressing custody of minor children.  The new law will become effective July 1, 2017. Many other states have enacted similar legislation, with the idea of promoting a family-focused policy in the court system. The full bill and legislative history can be viewed here: 

Awesome Women Entrepreneurs Meet in Ballston

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MDMB Partner Jennifer Bradley met with the Awesome Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) on Wednesday, February 15 at SER Restaurant in Ballston. The group heard from representatives of the Ballston Business Improvement District about the growth and future plans of the Ballston corridor, including a much-needed renovation to the Ballston Mall and expansion of mixed-use buildings and outdoor dining areas. AWE is growing rapidly, with new chapters being established in D.C., Bethesda,

Mastering Crucial Moments in Separation and Divorce

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Kate Scharff, M.S.W. and Lisa Herrick, Ph.D, co-founders of the Collaborative Practice Center of Greater Washington, have released their second book, Mastering Crucial Moments in Separation and Divorce:  A Multidisciplinary Guide to Excellence in Practice and Outcome.   Kate and Lisa are recognized as experts on collaborative divorce in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area, and through their second joint publication that divorce is best viewed not as a failure, but as

Divorcing the Wealthy

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Jennifer Mullett, Laura Dove, Augusta Meacham, and Jennifer Bradley will all be attending a Continuing Legal Education seminar on Divorcing the Wealthy, presented by the Virginia Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) at the University of Richmond on January 19, 2017. Topics will include the psychology of the wealthy, challenging valuation issues in high asset cases, international and state remedies for child abductions, and ethical issues relating

Business Valuations in Collaborative Divorce

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  MDMB Partner Jennifer Bradley will be leading a presentation on Business Valuations in the collaborative divorce context for the Collaborative Professionals of Northern Virginia (CPNV) at Café Oggi in McLean, Virginia on January 17, 2017. Mark Vogel, CPA/ABV/CFF, CMA, CVA, an expert on business valuations will be a guest speaker at the meeting. More information about Collaborative Divorce can be found on the CPNV website, and on the International Academy of

Do you ever feel like your spouse is spying on you?

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You may be right.  Advances in technology have made it possible to turn your cell phone into a listening device and to intercept text messages, call logs, photographs and more from your cell phone using an application that costs less than $100.  http://bestcellphonespyapps.com/can-you-spy-on-a-cell-phone-without-having-access-to-the-phone/ It is illegal to intercept data and communications on another person’s cell phone in the State of Virginia.
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Discovering Hidden Assets in Divorce

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Clients often wonder if their estranged spouses are hiding undisclosed assets, and how they can possibly determine exactly how much has been siphoned from the marital estate. How to Hide $400 Million, published in The New York Times Magazine on November 30, 2016, reveals the daunting true story of a wife’s 2-year endeavor to find proof of hundreds of millions her husband had hidden through a complicated system of trusts

MDMB Partners Attend VWAA Holiday Reception

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Jennifer Mullett, Laura Dove, and Jennifer Bradley attended the annual holiday party sponsored by the Northern Virginia Chapter of the Virginia Women Attorneys Association on December 7. The event was held in the atrium of Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna, Virginia, and honored Northern Virginia’s 2016 judicial appointees.  Attendees donated toys and funds to support Northern Virginia Family Services.

MDMB Partner Attends VaCP Annual Conference

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Jennifer Bradley will be meeting with dozens of collaborative professionals from around the state at the annual conference of the Virginia Collaborative Professionals in Charlottesville, Virginia on November 21. Marjorie Corman Aaron, J.D., gave a 6-hour presentation on Client Science:  Counseling Clients Through Bad News.
Unlike marital counseling, which focuses on improving your relationship with your spouse and keeping the marriage together, discernment counseling focuses on the question of whether the marriage can be saved.  It can be particularly helpful when one spouse is ready to end the marriage and the other is not. This article by Karen Keyes, Esquire explains why discernment counseling may be the right choice for you.

Don’t Let Your Divorce Ruin Christmas

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This article featured in the Huffington Post has some great advice for divorced and separated parents who are navigating the difficulties surrounding holiday celebrations in divided families. Tips for Surviving the Holidays for Divorced Parents

MDMB Partners Attend Winston Award Luncheon

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Laura Dove, Augusta Meacham, and Jennifer Bradley will be attending the Arlington County Bar Foundation’s annual William L. Winston Award Luncheon at Washington Golf and Country Club on November 15. The award is presented to a distinguished member of the Northern Virginia legal community with a record of public service, distinguished by his or her efforts to advance the principles of enlightenment, knowledge and education in the area of the
Jennifer Bradley will be meeting with DCACP at Darlington House in Washington, D.C. on October 19. Barbara Burr, J.D. and Lisa Herrick, Ph.D. will be leading a discussion on the collaborative mindset, including what is it that makes for “good” collaborative divorce practice and what is it that makes for “good” collaborative divorce practitioners, as well as how can collaborative professionals can ensure their collaborative mindset brings out the best in
The American Institute of Family Law Attorneys has recognized the exceptional performance of Virginia’s Family Law Attorney Laura C. Dove as one of the 2016 10 Best Family Law Attorney for Client Satisfaction.  The American Institute of Family Law Attorneys is a third-party attorney rating organization that publishes an annual list of the Top 10 Family Law Attorneys in each state. Attorneys who are selected to the "10 Best" list

MDMB Partner Presents CLE to George Mason Inns of Court

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Jennifer Mullett presented a Continuing Legal Education Seminar to the George Mason Inns of Court on Monday, September 19, 2016.  Ms. Mullett spoke on Developments in the Law on Spousal Support. The Inns of Court is a national program with the goal of fostering excellence in professionalism, ethics, civility, and legal skills for judges, lawyers, academicians, and students of the law. More information can be found here:  http://inns.innsofcourt.org/for-members/inns/the-george-mason-american-inn-of-court.aspx

MDMB Partners Included in 2017 Best Lawyers®

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Congratulations to Jennifer Mullett and Jennifer Bradley, who were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2017 in the field of Family Law. Best Lawyers is the oldest and most highly-respected peer review guide to the legal profession worldwide.
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What’s the #1 Predictor of Divorce?

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Contemptuous behavior (e.g., eye-rolling, sarcasm, and name-calling) in your marriage is the highest indicator that you are headed for divorce, according to Dr. John Gottman, founder of The Gottman Institute. Dr. Gottman has conducted 40 years of research relating to the dynamics in spousal relationships, and is well-known for his “Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse” theory—that if you or your spouse react to conflict with criticism, defensiveness, contempt, and/or stonewalling,
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