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Consequences to New Tax Law on the Deductibility of Alimony

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The most recent tax bill includes the elimination of the alimony deduction that’s been in place for the past 75 years, beginning January 1, 2019.  Whether you’re the breadwinner or the stay-at-home spouse, if you’re contemplating divorce and spousal support is likely to be paid from one party to the other as a consequence, it will benefit both parties to sign a Marital Settlement Agreement establishing the amount and duration of

How Stock Market Volatility Can Impact Your Divorce

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Geoffrey P. Burroughs, CFP®, CDFA™, Vice President at Harbor Investment Advisory, LLC, recently wrote an article examining how extreme fluctuations in the stock market, such as those we’ve seen in the past week, can affect the division of marital assets pursuant to divorce. If your spouse has been solely in charge of the family finances, you’ll likely find What Does Stock market Volatility Mean to Your Divorce? particularly enlightening. Geoff takes
Jennifer Mullett and Augusta Meacham are honored to have been named in Washingtonian Magazine’s bi-annual selection of the best family law attorneys in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.  Selections are made by vote of over 1,000 of the most distinguished attorneys practicing in D.C., Maryland, and Northern Virginia.

MDMB Partners Admitted to U.S. Supreme Court Bar

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Jennifer Mullett, Laura Dove, and Jennifer Bradley were admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court on Friday, October 20, along with fellow alumni of the George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School.  Justice Samuel Alito gave opening remarks and administered the oath for admission.  

The All or Nothing Marriage

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In his new book, The All-or-Nothing Marriage:  How the Best Marriages Work, Dr. Eli Finkel, a psychology professor at Northwestern University who studies marriage and relationships, explains why, despite common misunderstandings about high divorce rates, there has never been a better time to be married. In a recent interview, he explains why present-day marriages are different than our parents’ and grandparents’ marriages, and what the most successful marriages have in

Are You Ready for a Divorce?

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If you’re on the fence about whether asking your spouse for a divorce is the right decision for you, The New York Times recently published an article describing 11 Questions to Ask Before Getting a Divorce, based on interviews with marriage counselors and family therapists. For instance, research has shown that people generally only hear about a third of what is said to them in the heat of an argument;

MDMB Partners Recognized by Best Lawyers®

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Congratulations to Jennifer Mullett, Laura Dove, and Jennifer Bradley, who were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the fields of Family Law and Collaborative Law: Family Law. For more information about the Best Lawyers nomination process, visit

Are You Married to a Narcissist?

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“My spouse is a narcissist” is one of the most common phrases divorce attorneys hear when meeting with a client for the first time. Dr. Jennifer Freed delves into common indicators of narcissism and the childhood factors that often cause the development of a narcissist in this interview. 
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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,
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