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What is Alternative Dispute Resolution?

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Have you heard about ADR but you’re not certain what it means or refers to? This summary provides an excellent comparison of the various forms of ADR to help you decide which one might be right for you. Click here to learn more

The IRS Views Spouses as Guilty Until Proven Innocent

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A recent article published by Squire, Lemkin + Company, LLP, a certified public accounting firm, highlights the risks of filing joint tax returns, particularly if your marriage is on the rocks. The article can be read here.
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MDMB Partner Jennifer Bradley has co-written an article with Phyllis Miller Palombi, LMFT, discussing the role of neutral mental health professionals as divorce “coaches” in the Collaborative Divorce Process. The article can be read on The Creative Divorce Network website.

Alec Baldwin Promotes Collaborative Divorce

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In a recent interview, award-winning actor and Here’s the Thing podcast host Alec Baldwin opened up about fatherhood, his custody battle, and his past experience with divorce, saying that he would advise friends to “find a way that you can get into…the collaborative divorce; the dignified divorce.  Because you’re going to regret it if you don’t.” MDMB partners Laura Dove and Jennifer Bradley are both trained in Collaborative Divorce and
  The Spring 2017 edition of Family Law Quarterly, a publication of the Virginia State Bar’s Family Law Section, included an article written by MDMB partner Jennifer Bradley on the state’s outdated requirement for divorcing spouses to have corroboration of their grounds for divorce—particularly when the grounds are “no fault” and they were living together under the same roof for part of their separation. If you have ever been divorced in

MDMB Partner Attends Collaborative Divorce Training

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  On Friday, March 31, Jennifer Bradley joined the Washington, D.C. Academy of Collaborative Professionals (DCACP) for a full day of advanced collaborative divorce training with Victoria Smith, JD, C.Med., Cert.CFM (FMC).  The presentation topic was “Complexity and Protocols: Adapting Collaborative Process in the Complex System of Divorce,” with a focus on understanding the taxonomy of simple, complicated, and complex problems, and the challenge of applying the collaborative process roadmap to
MDMB partners Jennifer Mullett and Augusta Meacham will be attending the 2017 Annual Convention of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (VTLA) at The Greenbrier from March 30 – April 1. Seminar topics will include effectively dealing with difficult witnesses, the law and science of eyewitness testimony, and recent ethics developments in Virginia.

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. 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.
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