See Below for recent musings by Olivier D. Long, Esquire:

  • Interminable Marriage is Condoned in Virginia October 1, 2016 In my view, Allen v. Allen, Record No. 1702-15-4 (VA Ct. App., August 30, 2016), misses a major public policy issue and then misconstrues the parties’ separation agreement. Husband breaches an ...
  • Hague Convention “Habitual Residence” Newly Defined by Virginia Court of Appeals, But It Points to Korea August 7, 2016 Coe v. Coe, Record No. 0854–15–4, decided on July 26 2016, adopts the U.S. Court of Appeals Fourth Circuit definition of habitual residence for purposes of the Hague Convention on ...
  • Niblett Explains the Inseparable Nature of Voluntary Impoverishment and Imputed Income December 23, 2015 In Niblett, the father is convicted of sex with a minor, goes to prison, and becomes unemployed. (Niblett v. Niblett, Virginia Ct. App. Record No. 0716-15-1, December 15, 2015). In ...
  • DIRECTV and Why You Cannot Sue December 22, 2015 DIRECTV v. Imburgia, et al., (14-462, decided December 14, 2015) is a six to three U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) decision holding, essentially, that if the nation’s largest retailers (purveyors of ...
  • “Alcoholic” new Husband Cripples Spouse’s Visitation December 21, 2015 Salvato v. Salvato (Record No. 0399-15-4, September 15, 2015) is a troubling unpublished Virginia Court of Appeals decision about parenting restrictions for the ostensible purpose of shielding children from a ...
  • Parties That “Mess Up” Do Not Deserve Anything December 19, 2015 Jones (Record No. 0708-15-3, November 3, 2015) and Gregory (Record No. 1367-14-4, November 17, 2015) are bite-sized, unpublished lessons on credibility from the Virginia Court of Appeals. In Jones, ...
  • All Words Should Have Meaning November 21, 2015 Host: A New Unpublished Opinion from the Virginia Court of Appeals Host v. Host, , involves the manner of crediting third-party payments of child support ...
  • VA Court of Appeals No Longer Holds That Spousal Support Can Be Owed and Not Owed Simultaneously October 28, 2015       In Weidlein, the parties signed an agreement providing for spousal support after divorce. The agreement said wife would receive $2,500 a month until she cohabited with a man for ...
  • Peake Pays Out Handsomely for Wife’s Assistance in Obtaining Medical License October 13, 2015           Peake is an ED decision where parties were married only nine years. Wife worked part time and then raised three children, while husband ...
  • A Man and a Woman Fail to Marry in Virgina for Lack of a License October 5, 2015           In the McDougall published opinion, the Virginia Court of Appeals affirms a determination that parties are not married when they “solemnized” before obtaining ...
  • Child Support Modification in the Context of a Private Agreement October 4, 2015 Everett v. Carome, Record No 2299-14-4, (August 11, 2015) is a well-reasoned, published decision of the Virginia Court of Appeals written by Judge Randolph A. Beales.  This case should be ...
  • Common Residence of Paramour Uncommonly Difficult to Prove August 15, 2015 Coalson vs. Coalson, Record No. 2022-14-2 (July 21, 2015) is an ex-husband’s (“William’s”) failed attempt to terminate $4,300.00 of monthly alimony. The Virginia Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court’s ...
  • Jury Award Against Surgeon Who Talked Trash About Her Patient Under Anesthesia Should Be Thrown Out June 24, 2015           I have a problem with the half-million dollar medical malpractice verdict for derisive chatter of a surgical team recorded on an unconscious patient’s ...
  • Huck and Bracaloni Decisions of Virginia Court of Appeals — More of the Usual Procedural Errors June 20, 2015           Family law appeals in Virginia frequently get dismissed because of technical mistakes in the appeal process.  Huck and Bracaloni, decided June 2, 2015, ...
  • LINTON, CARRITHERS, OLEY – Three Published Virginia Court of Appeals Decisions October 27, 2014 I.          Linton, Record No. 2358-13-4, (June 17, 2014, Circuit Court Judge Jeffrey W. Parker) deals with equitable distribution, monetary award and separately titled marital property. II.         Carrithers v. Harrah, Record No. ...
  • Russell Triggers a Rare Dissent July 19, 2014       The Russell v. Russell opinion, handed down on June 17, 2014 by Virginia Court of Appeals Judge Stephen R. McCullough, (Record Nos. 1308-13-4 and 1313-13-4), ...
  • Anthony, Weedon, and Cleary are Reminders to Read the Applicable Statute Carefully Before Appealing May 25, 2014 I. Anthony v. Skolnick-Lozano, (No. 1270-13-2, March 4, 2014), Published II. Weedon v. Weedon, (No. 1378-13-2, May 6, 2014), Unpublished III. Cleary v. Cleary, (No. 1343-13-4, May 13, 2014), Published These Virginia Court of Appeals cases ...
  • Cavallo and the Pre-Marital Agreement Entitlement that Fell Short on Proof March 1, 2014             Cavallo is an unpublished Virginia Court of Appeals opinion issued February 25, 2014, involving the interpretation of a premarital agreement in the context of ...
  • Recent Virginia Cases February 9, 2014 Mayer v. Mayer, January 14, 2014 http://www.courts.state.va.us/opinions/opncavwp/0724131.pdf A party may still petition for continued child support after a child turns 19 or receives a high school diploma, if the child is ...
  • Advocacy Building Blocks in Virginia Law October 7, 2013             One of the great benefits of unreported Virginia opinions is the citations they contain to reported opinions.  The same case law authorities are quoted ...
  • Bigamy, Spousal Support, Transmutation of Property, and the Contractual Right to Attorney Fees August 29, 2013             The Virginia Court of Appeals issued four (4) unreported decisions on 30 July 2013 that are worthy of consideration.  The cases of Naseer, Sewell, ...
  • Layman and the Separate Loan June 18, 2013       Occasionally, a Virginia equitable distribution case has a fact pattern so unusual that you are grateful it was appealed and generated a clearly reasoned, published ...
  • The Federal Driver Privacy Act and Virginia Traffic Defendants June 18, 2013       Virginia lawyers may not mine state motor vehicle records to solicit Virginia drivers by mail after they are charged with DWI, reckless, or any other ...
  • Attorney Professional Competence in Technology – Seminar Transcript June 16, 2013 TECHNOLOGY AND THE PRACTICE OF LAW COMMITTEE Attorney Professional Competence in Technology: An Introduction and Foundation for Enhancement [Friday, June 14, 2013 — 14:00-15:30 Cavalier Oceanfront Hotel, Virginia Beach, VA] © 2013 ...
  • Milam — a Man Who is His Own Lawyer May 31, 2013     Milam v. Milam , Record No. 0837-12-4, (Va. App., April 30, 2013), is a 28-paged opinion in which a Manassas solo law practitioner claims thirty-eight errors ...
  • The Seventh of May Troika: Tsoucalas, Richter and Zedan – May 19, 2013           This is a review of the Virginia Court of Appeals (VACA) decisions handed down on May 7, 2013 in Tsoucalas and Richter (unpublished), ...
  • Lawyer at Divorce Trial with No Corroborating Witness; and Mom at Custody Trial with No Lawyer May 19, 2013         In Cruz, (published), Fairfax Circuit Judge Brett Kassabian had properly dismissed a divorce case when wife had no live witness to corroborate the parties’ ...
  • Hotels in Patel — Business Valuation in Equitable Distribution April 15, 2013             The reported Virginia case of Patel makes important points about business valuation in equitable distribution (“ED”).  Patel v. Patel, Record No. 875-12-2 (VA App., ...
  • Anytime After a Virginia Divorce is Final, a QDRO May Tap Into a Previously Unidentified Retirement March 17, 2013           Funding a retirement distribution with a previously unnamed retirement plan is permissible after a divorce decree is final, according to the unpublished Virginia Court of Appeals decision in ...
  • Hunton & Williams Partner Wins Two of Six Equitable Distribution Arguments in the Court of Appeals March 3, 2013   In a divorce battle fought by preeminent members of the Virginia trial bar, Edward D. Barnes and Ronald R. Tweel, over a Hunton & Williams partner’s 1.492 ...
  • Marx and Statutory Interpretation March 2, 2013 Here is a simple test of logic:          The Federal Rule says, “If a party satisfies condition ‘A’ then they are entitled to relief ’B’, unless otherwise provided”.          An applicable statute says ...
  • Why the U.S. Court of Appeals Ruled Correctly But Went Too Far January 27, 2013             In Canning v. NLRB (No. 12-1115, January 25, 2013), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit invalidated presidential appointments during a claimed ...
  • Electronic Signatures January 17, 2013 DIGITAL DOCUMENTS, DIGITAL SIGNATURES AND THEIR USE IN BUSINESS WHAT WE CAN AND SHOULD DO TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THESE TOOLS By Patrick H. Stiehm* Seven years ago, I made a business presentation ...
  • Nothing New in Neuhs Opinion from Virginia Court of Appeals December 6, 2012             Neuhs is an unreported Virginia appellate opinion on the identification of separate and marital property in equitable distribution.              There is nothing particularly “new” about the ...
  • Attorney IT Outside the United States November 28, 2012 TELECOMMUTING FROM EUROPE (AND OTHER PLACES OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES) By Patrick H. Stiehm, © 2012, EZ Justice, P.L.C.           I have had the wonderful experience of an extended period of travel in ...
  • More from the Virginia Court of Appeals November 27, 2012             I am reviewing four unpublished Virginia Court of Appeals opinions decided on November 20, 2012.             Woodell v. Lagerquist reversed a finding that a father was a “non-parent”, and restored ...
  • Testamentary Capacity in Virginia November 26, 2012 Laurie Kiddell and Her Late Cousin Louise           With a nod to Shakespeare, this is a story about loving your cousin not wisely but too well.  Louise passed away ...
  • Leaving the Comfort Zone October 23, 2012             A Freakonomics podcast reports on the 1971 Stanford Prison Experiment, in which consenting adults were temporarily deprived of their social structure.  They were imprisoned in ...
  • Moncrief and the Controlling Child Support Order October 10, 2012             In the world of family law, two of the toughest fact patterns to untangle are assets re-titled between parties, and establishing jurisdiction over support orders ...
  • Four Losing Appeals Cases October 4, 2012             Consistent with my last blog post, the party appealing was the loser in four consecutive Virginia Court of Appeals cases decided in September and October 2012.  The cases are ...
  • Losing Your Appeal – Five Reasons Why Family Law Appeals in Virginia May be Unsuccessful September 25, 2012      You might not think to compare the chances of losing an appeal of a Virginia divorce or custody case to the odds of losing money in Las Vegas. ...
  • A Thirty-Five Dollar and Ten Cent Question September 18, 2012             In a 16-paged majority opinion (with a 12-paged dissent), the Virginia Supreme Court resolved a $235.10 shoplifting case where the difference between convicting the defendant of a misdemeanor (less ...
  • Street Photography and Invasion of Privacy in the Washington Metropolitan Area[1] August 1, 2012             I am Olivier Long and I am a street photographer.              Having been approached more than once about portrait money or with accusations of invasion ...
  • The Hapless Cases of Goodwin and Hart June 21, 2012 I’ve not blogged for a while, but an uptick in visitors encourages me to check in. I challenge myself sometimes by predicting the winning party in new ...
  • Deciding Custody on Factors Only Affecting Parents June 11, 2012 http://blogsondivorce.com/divorce-laws/changing-custody-is-a-drastic-legal-action-if-so-do-we-lose-sight-of-the-best-interests-of-children.php/comment-page-1#comment-2002
  • Gay Marriage in California February 7, 2012 I don't care where you live or what gender your partner is, or what your opinion is about gay marriage. You have to admire this description of marriage, from today’s 128-paged ...
  • Virginia Lawyer Misconduct – and a Warning January 12, 2012             A recent American Bar Association news bulletin indicated the state of Tennessee is experiencing a spike in lawyers disappearing with client funds.  Meanwhile, this ...
  • Virginia Family Law Decisions – November and December 2011 December 21, 2011 I.            Reported Cases —  West, Stevens and Cranwell:             West v. West, Record No. 0448-11-3, (December 13, 2011), deals with the finality of court decisions after a final decree and an ...
  • The Curious Case of Timothy B. Hennis December 5, 2011      Tim Hennis went to trial three times for raping a woman and murdering her and her children. In North Carolina state court he was convicted, then retried and ...
  • Mom Credited on Appeal with Plenty of Evidence to Support Move to Pennsylvania December 1, 2011 Garner v Ruckman, Record No. 0344-11-4, is an unpublished relocation case decided by the Virginia Court of Appeals in November, 2011. Mom, the primary physical custodian, had relocated. Dad moved to ...
  • Confounding Consequences of Cohesive Forces November 29, 2011             How many times have you heard that we need to stick together?  The manifestations of this tendency in physics, psychology and sociology are more common that you may have ...
  • University of Virginia Law Review Article Challenges Constitutionality of Gay Marriage Bans November 21, 2011             Same-sex marriage receives close scrutiny in a University of Virginia Law Review article published in October 2011.  After painstakingly laying out alternative decisional pathways ...
  • Gibson and Pacot — Appeals Whose Outcomes Should Have Been Obvious in Advance November 16, 2011          On November 15, 2011, the Virginia Court of Appeals issued two unreported family law decision, Gibson v. Kappel and Pacot v. Pacot.  The cases dealt with ...
  • Court Cost-Cutting November 15, 2011             A morning in Spotsylvania General District Court observing misdemeanor arraignments and Virginia State Trooper speeding cases from Interstate 95 yielded a startling revelation:  America ...
  • Cocaine and Client Consent November 15, 2011             A Virginia State Bar disciplinary committee sanctioned an attorney for blogging about his pending case without a disclaimer that other lawyers’ results may vary, and ...
  • Virginia Relocation Decision — Gudino Children Go to Tokyo November 11, 2011             In the unreported Virginia relocation case of Gudino, the Court of Appeals affirmed the Chesterfield County Circuit Court’s award of custody to a father in ...
  • Driscoll — Too Rich to Reduce His Alimony November 10, 2011       Driscoll v. Hunter (VA Ct. App., October 25, 2011) is a case of wealthy male hubris. Driscoll’s divorce incorporated an agreement setting spousal support at $2,100 a month. ...
  • Problems with Plea Bargains September 26, 2011 “Sentencing Shift Gives New Clout to Prosecutors” is a page-one story in the New York Times of September 26, 2011.   It is true that longer sentences and mandatory minimums have ...
  • Tapas Menu of Musings on Current Events September 25, 2011 The death-spiral of the Greek economy is a “vicious circle” of more austerity, more economic contraction, more unemployment (already at 16%), less borrowing and hiring by businesses, increased foreclosures, and ...
  • Mandatory Workplace Posting of Workers’ Rights Under National Labor Relations Act* September 7, 2011      The NLRB has joined most other major labor and employment federal agencies in requiring mandatory posting in the workplace concerning the rights of employees under the National Labor Relations ...
  • Virginia Child Support Appeal Falls Flat in Barrett September 2, 2011            Barrett v. Commonwealth (Record Nos. 1381-10-3 and 1382-10-3, Va. App., July 26, 2011), is a jewel among unreported Virginia family law cases.  It touches upon a surprising number ...
  • Hurricane Intensity After Irene August 30, 2011       We read today in Le Monde, that although the number of hurricanes remains relatively constant, their intensity is increasing.  It is reported that there are more in category ...
  • Eyewitness Fallibility August 23, 2011      Eyewitnesses are wrong a third of the time, but juries loves them. Five ways to help place such testimony in proper perspective are:           1. ...
  • Prior Restraint and Government Seizure of Domain Names August 8, 2011      The First Amendment does not apply to yelling “fire” in a crowded theatre, or to maintenance of a Website promoting illegal activity such as illicit file-sharing of copyrighted ...
  • Most People Are Unaware of How Unreliable Human Memory Can Be August 8, 2011       A new study of 1,800 respondents shows that 60% disagree with almost unanimous expert opinion regarding the unreliability of human memory. Simons DJ, Chabris CF (2011) What ...
  • Trisha Conlon and the Change in Circumstances July 31, 2011 Facts:  Trisha Conlon marries John P. Cushing, Jr., in 1994 and has two kids. They divorce in 2004.  The following year, 2005, John P. re-marries ...
  • Institutional Dominance July 23, 2011      Remember how Pacific Gas & Electric leaked toxic Chromium 6 into the ground water of Hinkley, California for over 30 years, before being exposed by Erin Brokovich? On ...
  • Setting Alimony When Marriage Ends July 4, 2011             A New York Times op-ed column by 2011 Yale Law School graduate Alexandra Harwin recommends states provide a more uniform formula for calculating permanent alimony.  Harwin praises the Maryland ...
  • The Innocent Spouse and the Done Deal June 25, 2011      Commodity Futures Trading Comm’n v. Walsh (N.Y., June 23, 2011), 2011 NY Slip Op 05366, is a vindication of the finality of property settlement agreements despite their apportionment ...
  • A Bad Day for Dads June 21, 2011 Turner v. Rogers is a 5-to-4 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that a delinquent, indigent child support payor has no automatic right to legal counsel under the Due Process Clause ...
  • Is Divorce Becoming Less Fashionable? June 19, 2011      Has divorce lost acceptability in recent years as its frequency declines, particularly among those who have been to college? This question is answered affirmatively in the “Styles” section of ...
  • Bernie Madoff Victim Sues Former Spouse to Share His Pain June 1, 2011      Simkin v. Blank, 2011 NY Slip Op 1 (N.Y. App. Div., 2011) received front page coverage in the New York Times on May 30, 2011 for Simkin’s brazen ...
  • Joined at the Brain – Krista and Tatiana Hogan May 29, 2011      Two girls from British Columbia, Krista and Tatiana Hogan, are anatomically complete, typical four-year-olds except for their heads being connected since birth in a manner called craniopagus. According ...
  • The Sound and Smell of Exigent Circumstances May 18, 2011 If you are smoking marijuana at home when you hear a loud knock and the word “police,” don’t make a sound unless you want to buy a new door and ...
  • Absolute Power and Apparent Male Depravity – The Bizarre Charges Against Dominique Strauss-Kahn May 16, 2011 Former Governor Eliot Spitzer of New York (whom I blogged about so critically on March 16, 2008) had the comparable moral “decency” to have _consensual_ sexual relations when he allegedly ...
  • Wolfe — at the Zoo April 10, 2011      Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolfe and At Home At the Zoo, are well-acted, provocative studies of marriage and the meaning of life. The two works by octogenarian American playwright, ...
  • Contract Construction Conundrums March 26, 2011             In the Roth and Myers decisions earlier this month, Virginia Court of Appeals Judge James W. Haley, Jr., parses property settlement agreements dividing retirements. [1             The Roth agreement ...
  • Privacy of Twitter Activity March 16, 2011 @font-face { font-family: "Arial"; }@font-face { font-family: "Cambria"; }@font-face { font-family: "Lucida Grande"; }p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal { margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; }h1 { margin: ...
  • Behavioral Economics and Public Policy March 2, 2011 @font-face { font-family: "Arial"; }@font-face { font-family: "Cambria"; }p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal { margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; }div.Section1 { page: Section1; }             When I read ...
  • Been There But Haven’t Done That February 3, 2011 @font-face { font-family: "Arial"; }@font-face { font-family: "Cambria"; }p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal { margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; }p.MsoFootnoteText, li.MsoFootnoteText, div.MsoFootnoteText { margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; ...
  • Why Oscar-Winning Actresses Divorce More Often January 29, 2011 @font-face { font-family: "Arial"; }@font-face { font-family: "Cambria"; }@font-face { font-family: "Lucida Grande"; }p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal { margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; }h1 { margin: ...
  • Medical Malpractice Reform January 18, 2011 @font-face { font-family: "Arial"; }p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal { margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; }div.Section1 { page: Section1; } Commentary entitled “The Future of Malpractice Reform” by ...
  • America’s Contradictions January 11, 2011 @font-face { font-family: "Arial"; }@font-face { font-family: "Cambria"; }p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal { margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; }div.Section1 { page: Section1; }             The horrific shooting ...
  • How Law School is Like a Lottery January 9, 2011 @font-face { font-family: "Arial"; }@font-face { font-family: "Cambria"; }p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal { margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; }p.MsoFootnoteText, li.MsoFootnoteText, div.MsoFootnoteText { margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; ...
  • DNA Skirts Statute of Limitations on Rape in Massachusetts December 11, 2010 @font-face { font-family: "Arial"; }@font-face { font-family: "Cambria"; }p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal { margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; }a:link, span.MsoHyperlink { color: blue; text-decoration: underline; }a:visited, ...
  • Divorce Financing December 6, 2010 @font-face { font-family: "Arial"; }@font-face { font-family: "Cambria"; }p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal { margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; }div.Section1 { page: Section1; }             The New York ...
  • Seven Foundations for Maintaining a Romantic Relationship December 5, 2010 “Honey, Let’s Get Divorced” (Modern Love, New York Times, December 5, 2010, Style p. 6) describes a woman in a functional marriage confronting the need to adjust the terms of ...
  • We Act on What We Know December 1, 2010 @font-face { font-family: "Arial";}@font-face { font-family: "Wingdings";}@font-face { font-family: "Cambria";}@font-face { font-family: "Lucida Grande";}p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal { margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New ...
  • Excess November 23, 2010             An article in Le Monde today, (“Immobilier : riches Américains à Paris et riches Français à New York”), highlights a growth industry: the super-rich acquiring second homes in Paris ...
  • Civil Service Spouse Denied Remedy for Her Own Lawyer’s Negligently Drafted Separation Agreement November 8, 2010      The Virginia Supreme Court decided unanimously on 16 September 2010 that attorney malpractice arising out of the division of retirement rights in a marital settlement agreement runs from the ...
  • Legacy Admissions Aren’t Necessarily Bad Just Because Parents Were Alumni September 30, 2010 @font-face { font-family: "Arial"; }@font-face { font-family: "Cambria"; }p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal { margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; }a:link, span.MsoHyperlink { color: blue; text-decoration: underline; }a:visited, ...
  • The Grim Sleeper and Home Grown Marijuana: How High-Tech Forensics Impact the Right of Privacy July 29, 2010                I read your blog entry regarding the Grim Sleeper case. Such a use ...
  • Biometric Identification and DNA as Tradable Commodities July 25, 2010          The recent cold case capture in California of the so-called Grim Sleeper serial killer involved a ...
  • The Cost of Top-Secret Programs July 24, 2010             I read the three-part Washington Post report of Dana Priest and William M. Arkin following a ...
  • Dexter and the National Mindset July 21, 2010             Dexter (like Big Love) is a cable television serial depicting the grey area between law and ...
  • Judicial Reform Modeled on the Affordable Care Act July 6, 2010             The Journal of the American Medical Association® (JAMA) and the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) ...
  • Advocacy and Supreme Court Decision-Making June 28, 2010             Harvard Law Professor Noah Feldman in the June 27th 2010 New York Times Magazine writes that ...
  • Sand, Scam and SMS June 19, 2010             Three U.S. Supreme Court (“SCOTUS”) decisions on June 17, 2010 — Stop the Beach Renourishment v. ...
  • Moral Behavior May 15, 2010             I recently Tweeted a study revealing that personal interaction has more influence over moral behavior than ...
  • The Ambani Brothers of India and Government Regulation May 8, 2010             I wrote previously about the billionaire Ambani brothers of India. A decision on May 7, 2010 ...
  • Mustafa, Davis, Schuman, Harrison and Trimble: Recent Virginia Appellate Decisions May 6, 2010             The Virginia Court of Appeals issued unpublished opinions recently in Mustafa, Davis, Schuman, Harrison and Trimble. ...
  • Will the Rielle Hunter Please Stand Up? April 30, 2010             One might posit that it was only natural, which is to say a matter of evolutionary ...
  • Marital Stress and Divorce are Harmful to Physical Health April 18, 2010             Most of us are aware that married people are healthier than singles; even though all marriages ...
  • Disher and the Unruly Child April 13, 2010             Disher v. Dinwiddie Department of Social Services, Record No 1266-09-2 (Va. Ct. App, February 23, 2010) ...
  • Slice and Dice: How the Same Old Service Sells for More Money April 7, 2010             The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has ruled that cable giant Comcast ...
  • Natural Selection on a Large Scale April 4, 2010 Undoubtedly, the Talx Corporation’s business purpose is to minimize unemployment compensation for employer-clients. Big banks and hedge ...
  • Hurt Locker March 31, 2010 We watched Hurt Locker last night; and I found plenty of meaning. It is not political or moral, nor does it need to be. Rather than adopting a conventional message ...
  • Corrective Behavior March 27, 2010             High-end software for improving digital images on a computer screen, called Adobe® Lightroom II, includes a ...
  • Same Sex Marriage March 24, 2010 On the National Archives building in Washington, DC it is written: “What is past is prologue”. That ...
  • Mean Behavior and the Vagaries of Conduct March 20, 2010             A frequent theme of this blog is that our natural desire for tonal balance in a ...
  • Boutique Health Care March 11, 2010                        Re: Privia Health, LLC Dear Dr. ************: I am replying to your undated letter soliciting my participation in a health care delivery plan offered by Privia Health, LLC (“Privia”). As I ...
  • Depression February 28, 2010          Does depression offer an adaptive advantage?           Andy Thompson, a University of Virginia psychiatrist, and Paul ...
  • Medicare Reimbursement Run Amock February 10, 2010 Select Specialty Hospital may be a poster child for Medicare reimbursement run amock. New York Times, February ...
  • Bias in the Federal Judiciary February 8, 2010             Professors Pat K. Chew and Robert E. Kelley report that the race of a Federal district ...
  • Bankruptcy Reform February 3, 2010             Federal bankruptcy law has been the vehicle for handling unmanageable personal debt for generations. Today, due ...
  • reBlog from John Gaynard’s Creativity and Innovation Blog: Coaching for Leadership January 31, 2010 I found this quote today: Each of us filters and understands our day-to-day experience through at least three different levels of of values based on personal and cultural experience. Our ...
  • Judges Beholden to Contributors’ Agendas January 30, 2010             Another aspect of uncontrolled corporate and union spending on political campaigns is the election of judges ...
  • Lessons for the Lazy Lawyer and Egotistical Client January 26, 2010             Griffin v. Griffin (Court of Appeals of Virginia, Record No. 2810-08-4, December 29, 2009) is an unreported primer on practice pitfalls. The husband lost most of ...
  • Attorney Mistake: Client Owes Health Insurance After Ex Remarried January 25, 2010      Another embarrassing example of a poorly drafted separation agreement appears in McCoy v. McCoy, (Court of Appeals of Virginia, Record No. 3087-08-3, January 12, 2010). Health insurance can ...
  • Unlimited Corporate Campaign Advertising is Bad for Democracy January 25, 2010             Like most Americans, I have not read the SCOTUS corporate First Amendment free-speech decision, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (No. 08-205, decided January 21, ...
  • Gestational Surrogacy Indistinguishable From Traditional Surrogacy — NJ Trial Court December 31, 2009             A New Jersey trial judge ruled yesterday (30 December 2009) that a gestational surrogate mother is ...
  • Thematic Apperception: Ten Virginia Family Law Opinions December 20, 2009             This monograph reviews ten (10) Virginia family law appellate decisions handed down in 2009. The text of the opinions is available here.             Appeals from circuit court to the Court ...
  • New Ideas from 2009 December 13, 2009 The ...
  • Everything Everywhere in Real Time December 12, 2009 Ustream Live Broadcaster allows iPhones to stream video to the Web for free. Expect to see: 1. Amateur blogging including news, ...
  • Counterintuitive Remedial Action and Group Behavior December 7, 2009 ...
  • Boundary Preservation November 27, 2009 ...
  • Mother Denied Relocation to Boston November 22, 2009 Krussell v. Al Rayes (Record No. 0922-09-4, November 10th 2009) is an unpublished Virginia Court of Appeals decision denying a mother’s petition to relocate children to Boston. We can learn ...
  • Men Leaving Women November 11, 2009             Men are six times more likely to leave the woman who gets cancer than women are likely to leave a man receiving that diagnosis. Furthermore, the older the woman ...
  • Experience versus Profits in the Health Care Debate November 8, 2009             It is interesting that the best health care investment returns come from protocol-driven models. Those models say that under a given set of circumstances, you are expected ...
  • Laptops for Pilots November 5, 2009             My favorite op-ed cartoon last week was a view from the aisle across faces of terrified airline passengers, with the ground approaching at a sharp angle through ...
  • Extreme Sibling Rivalry – The Amani Brothers of India October 20, 2009             The richest brothers in the World, Mukesh and Anil AMBANI of New Delhi, are battling each other in the Supreme Court of India. The subject of their ...
  • Why Do We Divorce So Much? October 18, 2009             We divorce more than people in any other country. “In survey after survey, Americans show up as valuing marriage more than people almost anywhere else. Yet at ...
  • The Peril of Cutting Educational Spending October 9, 2009             These are leaner times at Harvard. A study finds a disproportionately high rate of imprisonment among high school dropouts. And Paul Krugman warns of the “Uneducated American”. ...
  • Digital Incompetence September 25, 2009             CBS News® reported today (September 25, 2009) that a digital trail of breadcrumbs led to the arrest of Colorado bombing suspect, Najibullah Zazi.             Apparently, Zazi did not ...
  • Brain Mapping September 17, 2009                         Dr. Vilayanur S. Ramachandran, a behavioral neurologist who heads the Center for Brain and Cognition at UC San Diego, has a creative approach to certain mental illnesses ...
  • How Judges May Assess Credibility September 13, 2009           Life-experience and specific circumstances impose limits, like a standard deviation, in credibility determinations. When we assess credibility, we are performing a balancing test.           If, for example, you ...
  • Profit Motive and Moral Imperative: Chasing the Stolen Smart Phone September 7, 2009             Corporations generally avoid a policy that is morally preferable but costs more money. [Even going “green” or selling “organic” is usually not undertaken without some sales or ...
  • Serial Monogamy Also Benefits Women September 2, 2009            In most Western cultures, men are considered serial monogamist, polygynous harem-builders. However, among the Pimbwe of Tanzania in East Africa, “Women who worked their way through two ...
  • Moderation August 31, 2009           Examples help define concepts. The tonal mid-range in photos is just one of many models for appreciating the benefits derived from blending more polarized positions.       ...
  • Lie Detection from Handwriting Analysis August 29, 2009             A new experiment has discovered an inexpensive, accurate method of lie detection from handwriting samples. The beauty of the procedure is that the electronic handwriting tablet and ...
  • Stasis August 25, 2009           From the vantage of a Pennsylvania mountain cabin, creeping daylight incrementally restores from darkness the shades of grey, then the greens and browns, under a neutral overcast ...
  • Divorce is Bad for Your Health August 4, 2009             Divorce causes permanent health damage from which re-marriage offers only a partial recovery, according to a new study by Johns Hopkins University and the University of Chicago. This does ...
  • Avoiding Excess July 23, 2009              The avoidance of excess — and the tendency towards counterbalance — may be observed in human behavior and natural phenomena.              I will provide examples of both: 1.         Behavior Modification. The ...
  • Selectivity Among Humans and Fireflies June 30, 2009           I was struck by the juxtaposition of articles in the newspaper this morning regarding preferential behavior.            First, there is the matter of “Ethnic Profiling in Paris,” where ...
  • Identifying the Truth-Teller June 19, 2009 Students in a recent experiment correctly identified 33 out of 38 classmates as liars or truth-tellers based on the story they told. Even more surprising is the fact that all ...
  • Our Extreme Disequilibrium in Criminal Justice May 30, 2009              The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse has issued a major report on 2005 Federal and state spending to combat substance abuse and addiction to tobacco, ...
  • Predicting Decisions in the U.S. Supreme Court (and Other Courts) May 26, 2009       A Georgetown Law student discovered that SCOTUS losers may be predicted in advance by the larger number of questions they receive from Supreme Court Justices. Chief Justice John Roberts validates ...
  • Marital Misconduct as a Deprivation of the Right to Honest Services May 26, 2009      The Constitutionality of 18 U.S.C. § 1346, which states that “the term ‘scheme or artifice to defraud’ includes a scheme or artifice to deprive another of the ...
  • Increasing Debt to Survive (a/k/a Flying Towards the Ground) May 18, 2009             James Justice, a West Virginia coal and farming baron who recently sold coal mines to the Russians for $436M, has purchased the Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia. ...
  • Anna Karenina, Societal Norms and Unbounded Emotion May 6, 2009             The excellent theatre production of Anna Karenina at Beloit College on May 2nd 2009 was especially noteworthy for the portrayals of Anna and Stiva, and for the ...
  • Three Aspects of Penal Reform May 6, 2009 1.         The Heresay Rule.             A man wrongfully convicted of murder at age 13 was released and pardoned 16 years later – this week in Illinois, after an eyewitness ...
  • Gilliam v. McCrady: Debt is Marital Unless Its Original Purpose Was Separate April 29, 2009             In Virginia, assets acquired during marriage except from gift or inheritance are presumed marital. Stumbo extended that presumption to debt incurred during marriage. Stumbo v. Stumbo, 20 ...
  • Unexpected Conduct and the Vagaries of Law Enforcement April 21, 2009              16 August 2010 UPDATE: Philip H. Markoff committed suicide yesterday in his Connecticut jail, on the day after what would have been ...
  • Phil Spector – “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling” April 14, 2009 Phil Spector’s conviction In Los Angeles on April 13, 2009 of murdering actress Lana Clarkson is a reminder to assess facts objectively at the outset of litigation. If ...
  • Disaster Recovery: Re-capturing Privileged Documents after Negligent Disclosure April 11, 2009             An Illinois litigant avoided catastrophe last month when a federal Magistrate Judge allowed him to “claw back” privileged documents that his document services contractor accidentally included in ...
  • Pension Gone Before QDRO Entered April 7, 2009 In Lewis v. Lewis, (Va. App., March 17, 2009), a property settlement agreement (“PSA”) had provided Wife one-half of Husband’s pension, but the parties were unable to agree ...
  • Questionable Criteria are Validated in a Virginia Relocation Case March 30, 2009             Judd v. Judd (Va. App., Record No. 1705-08-4, March 24, 2009) affirms a Culpeper Circuit Court decision of  J. Howe Brown, Jr., authorizing a woman and two ...
  • Marital Dissolution Affects Women’s Health Disproportionately March 7, 2009             A new report indicates marital stress damages women’s health more than men’s. The disparate impact on women consists of “higher risk of stroke and heart disease due ...
  • When the Boss’s Bidding is Morally Wrong March 5, 2009               David L. Bibb, former assistant district attorney in Manhattan, decided in 2005 that two convicted murderers who had moved for a rehearing were innocent. Bibb tried and ...
  • Crime Costs March 3, 2009 The Pew Center on the States this week issued the first survey on the expense of incarceration to appear in the past seven years.              “A survey of 34 ...
  • Pearson v. Callahan — the Police Informant Case March 1, 2009             Pearson v. Callahan (No. 07-751) is a unanimous Supreme Court decision on 29 January 2009 authored by Justice Samuel Alito.                         I found the facts implausible: A ...
  • An “Innocent Sibling” Problem with Convictions Using DNA February 21, 2009             I blogged recently about brazenly accomplished daytime jewel robbers in Paris, France. However, a Berlin cat burglar on January 25th refined the art of grabbing precious stones ...
  • Moral Frameworks for Responding to a Death that Might be Homicide February 16, 2009             Donkey Punch, a gripping 2008 British film directed by Oliver Blackburn (E Street Cinema, Washington, D.C.), and The Accident, a play be Hillel Mitelpunkt directed by Sinai ...
  • Exclusionary Rule Eroded by US Supreme Court Decision in Herring February 16, 2009 The exclusionary rule is threatened with extinction by the U.S. Supreme Court decision of Herring v. United States. Herring carved an exception out of the 1961 decision in ...
  • Lawyers are the Worst Drivers According to a New Survey February 6, 2009             A survey of 1.6M insured at Admiral Insurance Co. in the U.K. reveals that lawyers are the least law-abiding of all drivers; twenty percent had traffic convictions, ...
  • Physically Locating People — For Free February 6, 2009             Google’s Latitude is a free cell-phone add-on for locating a spouse, child, employee or loved one on a digital map, with an opt-in feature that effectively resolves ...
  • Does Judicial Pay Corellate Positively with Dissenting Opinions? January 20, 2009             Everyone agrees that judicial salaries have fallen in comparison to those of law school deans and professors, and attorneys with large firms. Chief Justice John G. Roberts, ...
  • Stacy v. Stacy: The Virginia Court of Appeals Misinterprets a Poorly Drafted Agreement December 31, 2008              Stacy v. Stacy, Record No. 0863-07-3 (Va. App. 12/9/2008), ("Stacy"), is an unfortunate 10-paged en banc opinion by Virginia Court of Appeals Judge Elizabeth A. McClanahan, overturning a ...
  • Limitless Attorney Fees and Clients Gone Wild December 31, 2008             Fadness v. Fadness (Va. Ct. App., Record No. 0231-08-4, November 4, 2008) is a model for excessive attorney fees and lack of substance. The divorcing husband and ...
  • Service of Process in a Virtual World December 20, 2008 The Aussies may be on to something: Reuters reports an Australian court has authorized service of process on Facebook when a defendant could not be located anywhere else. But how would ...
  • Absolute Power and the Extremes of Black or White December 10, 2008 Illinois Governor Rod R. Blagojevich, top-drawer New York lawyer Marc S. Dreier, and South African zoology student Jo van Niekerk have something in common. They acted out a giddy, ...
  • Hundred Million Dollar Men (Some Disguised as Women) December 5, 2008 “PARIS (AFP) — Armed robbers pulled off one of the world’s biggest jewelry heists at a famed Paris store, making off with 80 million Euros ...
  • The Norfolk Four Should be Pardoned November 16, 2008             According to the New York Times on November 11, 2008, thirty former FBI agents, 12 former state and federal judges and prosecutors, and a past president of ...
  • Same Sex Marriage? November 9, 2008                  There are many overlapping benefits to marriage. In this blog posting, I present nine arguments why homosexuals should be entitled to them. Marriage Benefits: 1.         Hospital ...
  • Economic Psychology and Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska October 28, 2008             Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska was convicted of failing to report illegal gratuities, including an expensive massage lounger that had been in his home for seven years. ...
  • Troy Davis (Revisited) October 19, 2008 Viewer comment prompts further elaboration of my logic for acquitting Georgia death-row inmate, Troy Davis; or at least granting him a new trial.   1.         The logical parallel between the ...
  • Inconsistency in Applying the Rule of Law October 15, 2008 Troy A. Davis Wrongfully Condemned and Former Red Brigade Terrorist Marina Petrella Rightfully Spared: Inconsistency in Applying the Rule of Law               The Supreme Court of the United States ...
  • Religious Prosociality, Social Policing and Normative Influence on Behavior October 13, 2008 Recent news stories ratify the well-recognized fact that social groups seek identity reinforcement; and subtle changes in context sometimes cause significant behavior modification.             Results of a psychological study published this ...
  • Recent Breakthrough in Quantum Cryptography October 11, 2008 Although a Recent Breakthrough in Quantum Cryptography Promises to Render Data Transmission Failsafe, Data Vulnerability Will Remain Unchanged               Scientists from Bristol University working with 41 partners from 12 ...
  • Threatened Marriages October 8, 2008             A European client recently shared an article from Britain recommending more due diligence before marriage.  Lucy Kellaway wrote in the Financial Times on May 18, 2008 that ...
  • Senator John McCain and Gambling September 28, 2008             Senator John McCain is a leading supporter of the casino gambling industry.  http://tiny.cc/pXdMU            While I favor helping American Indians escape poverty by developing money-making enterprises on ...
  • Surprises in the Law September 27, 2008 I detect anomalies in our legal system which I may elaborate on later.             1.         Attorney travel, attorney waiting time, and court appearances for routine matters that could be ...
  • Remote Control for Attorneys September 27, 2008             Many devices execute wireless commands. The military knows the most about them. They employ a variety of robotic agents on land, underwater and over Federally Administered Tribal ...
  • Jaynes and the Virginia Anti-Spam Law September 18, 2008 The Supreme Court of Virginia struck down the state’s criminal anti-spam law on September 12, 2008; declaring it to be an unconstitutional abridgment of the right to anonymous ...
  • Resistance to Change September 15, 2008             A woman of adequate means and apparent good health (whom we shall call Barbara) has resided in her suburban single-family home for thirty years. She’s in her ...
  • Fear of Predators May Provoke the Wrong Response Level September 6, 2008 Assistant Professor Evan Preisser, a University of Rhode Island ecologist, and Assistant Professor Daniel Bolnick of the University of Texas-Austin reported in PLoS ONE last June that fire ...
  • Loneliness and Pair Bonding September 5, 2008             A new book entitled Loneliness: Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection by Professor John T. Cacioppo of the University of Chicago explains that a subjective ...
  • ABA Formal Ethics Opinion Sanctions Outsourcing Legal Services Overseas August 27, 2008      On August 5, 2008, in Formal Opinion 08-451, the American Bar Association sanctioned US lawyers sending work overseas to save money for their clients.                                                                  http://www.abanet.org/cpr/08-451.pdf      Our global economy makes ...
  • Are Plaintiff’s Attorney Fees Excessive in DC v Heller? August 27, 2008      On Monday, August 18, 2008, counsel for plaintiffs asked for over $3M claiming over three thousand hours in winning the DC gun case before the U.S. Supreme Court.  That ...
  • Photoshop® and the Right to Bear Arms August 25, 2008      Judge Richard A. Posner of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (Chicago and surrounding areas), is one of my favorite jurists for his acumen ...
  • Obama and Biden Straddle the Bankruptcy Reform Act of 2005 August 25, 2008 One of the reasons for the subprime mortgage meltdown is reportedly the fact that the Bankruptcy Reform Act of 2005 that significantly raised eligibility standards for Chapter 13 ...
  • Social Deprivation Can Breed Terrorism July 15, 2008 Senator Barack Obama’s Admonition toParents Should Also Apply to the Italian Government  The Los Angeles Times today (15 July 2008) quotes from Senator Barack Obama’s address last ...
  • Random Thoughts on Collectivity and Cloning June 30, 2008 Random Thoughts on Connectivity and Cloning   1.         I am reading Terror and Consent. It mentions the connectivity paradox; the principle that electronic connectivity is directly proportional to the perceived ...
  • DC Gun Ban Overturned June 26, 2008 The U.S. Supreme Court decided by a 5-to-4 majority today that individuals who are not mentally ill must have a right to own some guns in ...
  • Sensory Reality June 22, 2008 After Perfecting Our Senses, What’s Next?               My introductory course on utilizing Adobe Photoshop Elements® begs the question: Why are people so infatuated with ideas of perfection?              Trying ...
  • A Comparison of Two Theatrical Productions — “Two Bit Taj Mahal” and “The Visit” June 15, 2008             This blog post notes a prescient connection between Two-Bit Taj Mahal, a play by George Mason University Professor and Shakespeare scholar Paul d’Andrea that opened last Friday ...
  • Senator Hillary Clinton, Senator Barack Obama, c. elegans, lions and water buffalo May 10, 2008 Group Dynamics of Simple Cells and Lesser Mammals  “It is well established that single cells respond to physiological stress on their own, cell by cell. Now we’ve shown this ...
  • Wachovia Allegedly Facilitated Telemarketers in Ripping Off Elderly Customers April 26, 2008      The Wachovia Corporation agreed to a $144M settlement with the Comptroller of the Currency without admitting liability for allowing telemarketing firms and payment processors to ...
  • Probable Cause Eliminates Rights Under Fourth Amendment April 25, 2008 Fourth Amendment Protection Disappears if Police Have Probable Cause The Supreme Court of the United States (“SCOTUS”) decided Virginia v. Moore on April 23, 2008. The Ruling: If law enforcement ...
  • Hedonic Adaptation and Litigant Settlement Posture April 25, 2008 Our Happiness Baseline              It appears humans have a thermostat that brings them back to a Quality of Life status quo, even if they win the lottery or have an automobile ...
  • Judge Donald P. McDonough Goes by the Book April 5, 2008 Donald P. McDonough, Chief Judge of the General District Court of Fairfax County, Virginia announced in open court on April 2, 2008:  “Unlike some of my junior judges, I’m ...
  • Pearson v. Callahan and the Fourth Amendment Privilege Against Unreasonable Searches and Seizures March 25, 2008 In Pearson v. Callahan, No. 07-751, the U.S. Supreme Court will consider what circumstances justify a warrantless search under the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Afton D. Callahan invited ...
  • An Ethological Context for Adultery March 16, 2008 Eliot Spitzer Breaks Bad               I strayed from the law recently to review a restaurant. I now do so again to comment on the conduct of former Governor Eliot Spitzer of ...
  • The Declining Significance of Reality March 10, 2008 The Declining Significance of Reality                     I read today that Montana is the only state to permit marriage by proxy, and Iowa is the only state that does not recognize ...
  • Incarcerating Criminals and Killing Terrorists Have Somthing in Common March 10, 2008 Treating a Symptom Rather than the Disease               The New York Times reports in an editorial this morning that the United States has more prisoners than any other country with reliable ...
  • A New Tysons Corner Virginia Seafood Niche March 8, 2008 Monterey Bay Fish Grotto A New Tysons Corner Seafood Niche               Attorneys and others in the business Mecca of Tysons Corner sometimes escape advice and advocacy for some alimentation. And today, a ...
  • Comparison of Supreme Court Employment Discrimination Decisions February 29, 2008 The Ledbetter and Holowecki Employment Discrimination Decisions Deal with a Procedural Deadline and with Form, Respectively UPDATE (April 27, 2008):  New York Times columnist Gail Collins pointed out in an April ...
  • Identity Theft February 29, 2008 Failure to Timely Remedy Identity Theft Costs Equifax $150,000 for Violation of Fair Credit Reporting Act             The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit issued an important decision on ...
  • Second Amendment Rights of Individuals February 8, 2008 Members of the U.S. Congress filed a brief supporting an _individual_ right under the Second Amendment.  The brief appears in PDF at — http://media.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/content/politics/DC_Gun_Rights_Amicus_Brief_020808.pdf?sid=ST2008020800127
  • An Injunction Against Spousal Abuse May Be Too Hard to Obtain January 31, 2008 Easing Qualification for a Civil Protection Order              In January 2008, Christine Lozier-Dunn, aged 36, was shot to death in a bathroom at Bobbie Noonan’s Child Care in Cape ...
  • The Supreme Court and the Second Amendment Right to Keep and Bear Arms January 23, 2008 The Supreme Court’s Decision in Ali v. Federal Bureau of Prisons Portends an Individual Right to Keep and Bear Arms ...
  • Florida Referendum on Amendment 1 January 22, 2008             On January 29, 2008, I predict that in addition to choosing among candidates for President of the United States, Florida voters will ratify “the Amendment”.  Also known ...
  • Wine Quality Unchanged, Appreciation Varies with Price January 14, 2008 This is interesting.  The same phenomenon exists in fine art: Price increases of a particular artist’s oeuvre often result in a buying frenzy unrelated to quality. ...
  • Theft of Spouse’s Kidney Nets $2,730.00 January 12, 2008 In Virginia, this conduct would be grounds for divorce based on cruelty; and it would also be a crime.It is unclear from the article if the “judicial inquiry” is civil ...
  • Divorce Impacts Fathers More Than Mothers — New Study in the Journal of Marriage and Family January 11, 2008 A new Penn State analysis of a longitudinal study on adolescents, published in the Journal of Marriage and Family, supports my view that generally speaking, divorce causes more ...
  • Country-wide Fabrication of Documents? January 8, 2008 Are some mortgage companies having more than routine keystroke errors in posting payments? Are they scamming borrowers? The New York Times reported on January ...
  • Requiring Virginia Contempt Motions to be Signed by Judges January 3, 2008 Virginia Lawyers Weekly reported December 24, 2007 on a ruling by Judge Kimberly J. Daniel of Fairfax Juvenile Court. Judge Daniel’s ruling throwing out a motion for contempt signed by a ...