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Posted on Tue, 2019-06-18 08:58 by David Bulitt in Alternate Dispute Resolution

David Bulitt, a JGL shareholder and one of the DC area’s top divorce lawyers, sits down for the first in a series of interviews about mediation and its benefits, in light of the new practice area that we have recently launched Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR).

1. We are hearing a lot these days about mediation in legal disputes.  Can you first tell us what exactly it is?

Posted on Wed, 2019-06-05 14:58 by Matthew E. Kreiser in

On Monday, the United States Supreme Court in Fort Bend County v. Lois M.

Posted on Fri, 2019-05-31 14:31 by Allison McFadden in

My previous blogpost talked about an opportunity to get an extra $250-$500 in your child’s 529 courtesy of the State of Maryland.  The deadline for applying to that program, “Save4College State Contribution Program.”, was May 31, 2019.  If you missed the opportunity to participate this year, set a reminder for next year! 

Posted on Tue, 2019-05-28 13:29 by Darin L. Rumer in

First, it’s not like an episode of Law & Order Special Victims Unit, but it can be!

Over the course of my legal career I’ve had hundreds of clients call me before, during, and after meeting with Child Protective Services (“CPS”) investigators.  Without a doubt, a client that called me before speaking with CPS, came out much, much better for it … regardless of whether they had done anything at all based on a malicious report from a bitter spouse, something was misinterpreted, or they really had done something inappropriate and truly needed legal representation.

Posted on Fri, 2019-05-17 09:39 by Allison McFadden in

Tax Day 2019 has passed and most people don’t even want to think about tax returns for another nine months.  If you’re going through, or recently went through, a divorce, filing taxes is one of the many simple things in your life that has changed.  You no longer get the tax benefits of filing as a married couple.  You are now filing single, with fewer or no dependents, might no longer have a mortgage interest deduction, etc.  This year we saw great change as the taxability of alimony completely changed, eliminating the one tax advantage (commonly known as the “divorce subsidy”) that the gov

Posted on Mon, 2019-04-29 11:36 by Rama Taib-Lopez in

The breakdown of a marriage can, in and of itself, be one of the most stressful times in one’s life.  And if your immigration status is based on your marriage to a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, a separation or divorce may introduce additional challenges and heighten your anxiety.  Sadly, it is not uncommon for a U.S. citizen or permanent resident spouse to even use their spouse’s immigration status as leverage in divorce, custody and child support matters. 

Posted on Thu, 2019-03-14 21:32 by Brian J. Markovitz in

There is an early 1980s song, by the band 38 Special, that informs us all to, “Hold on loosely, but don’t let go. If you cling too tightly, you gonna lose control.”

Posted on Tue, 2018-09-18 14:21 by JGL Associate Attorney in Family Law

Understandably, negotiating child custody can be one of the most difficult parts of a couple’s divorce or separation, as in most cases, both parents would like to remain an important part of the lives of their children. Oftentimes, parents going through a divorce or separation will use a mediation process to assist them with arising issues, including child custody. It is important that parents prepare for child custody mediation in order to negotiate the best possible outcome for themselves, and most importantly, for their children.

Posted on Mon, 2018-08-13 15:34 by Brian J. Markovitz in

While it may at first glance seem that a non-profit organization’s philanthropic nature would set it apart from profit-driven business models, the legal reality of running a non-profit is actually often similar to that of a for-profit business. This is especially true regarding employer-employee relations, and the employer’s obligations to the employee under federal, state, and local employment laws and ordinances.  It is very rare indeed that employment-related, legal requirements are different for non-profit employers than that of companies. 

Posted on Thu, 2018-08-02 14:17 by JGL Associate Attorney in Family Law

If you want to get “hitched” in the District of Columbia, you don’t have to obtain a marriage license or exchange vows during a religious or civil ceremony in order to do so!

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