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We are a family law firm serving Northern Virginia and Montgomery County, MD that strives to see their clients as financially, emotionally, and mentally whole as possible at the end of a case whether it be a contested divorce, child custody or visitation matter, the equitable distribution of assets, child or spousal support matters, or the negotiation and preparation of prenuptuial and marital agreements. Reese Law Office helps clients choose from a full array of personalized family law solutions to these matter, including advocacy, mediation, litigation and collaboration.

Catherine M. Reese is trained in the growing field of collaborative law and heads a team of family law attorneys in Fairfax, Virginia. She is also a certified mediator who will recommend mediation if that is the best choice, or serve as mediator in cases in which she is not counsel for a party. Litigation and vigorous advocacy are hallmarks of the firm, and are utlizied as needed.

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'The Marriage Blueprint' by Maggie Scarf

A new book, 'The Marriage Blueprint' by Maggie Scarf, focuses on the obstacles that seven remarried couples faced in combining families, bank accounts and daily routines.

Almost one-third of marriages across the USA are among the previously married.

So whether by divorce or a death, those who head to the altar again face different issues than first-timers, says the author of a new book aimed at helping couples navigate another union.

"They run into the kinds of problems they never anticipated because they thought 'We're all going to love each other on the spot,'" says Maggie Scarf, whose new book The Remarriage Blueprint: How Remarried Couples and Their Families Succeed or Fail, is out Tuesday.

Scarf, a fellow at Yale University in New Haven, Conn., conducted lengthy, face-to-face interviews with 80 remarried individuals over a 10-year period to see how their marriages fared. She tells of the obstacles that seven remarried couples faced in combining families, bank accounts and daily routines.

Some believe they can avoid some of these issues by just living together instead of getting married, say experts on marriage and relationships. They note that the rise of cohabitation is one of the factors in a recent decline in remarriages.

A new analysis of federal data, provided exclusively to USA TODAY, shows the USA's remarriage rate has dropped 40% over the past 20 years. The analysis of federal data, from the National Center for Family & Marriage Research at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, shows that in 2011, just 29 of every 1,000 divorced or widowed Americans remarried, down from 50 per 1,000 in 1990; 2011 was the most recent year available for the center's review.

STORY: Remarriage rate declining as more opt for cohabitation

In her book, Scarf cites research that shows 40% of new marriages include one previously-married partner. She discusses challenges in remarriage and the forces that make the new partner an "outsider," from children and parenting tasks that put the couple at odds to the uniting of disparate family cultures.

Author Maggie Scarf

Maggie Scarf, author of 'The Remarriage Blueprint.'(Photo: Stan Godlewski)

One of the biggest: "There are huge money issues in remarriage," she says.

Others also warn of financial stumbling blocks in remarriages.

Couples need to share credit reports and discuss all types of financial issues, including future caregiving responsibilities and how much the previous divorce impacted their financial lives, says Brent Neiser, senior director of the Denver-based National Endowment for Financial Education, which has produced a free downloadable pamphlet for those about to remarry.

"People entering remarriage may have a higher level of awareness of the financial issues because each has gone through a financial history with another person. Some of that history is good history; some is bad. They probably have a hit list of personal finance issues," he says.

"It's not just the coming together of people trying to share their goals and dreams; they're reeling financially from the divorce disruption in their life that could have affected their career and their money."

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Portable Electronic Devices allowed in Fairfax Court

Jan. 8, 2013 - A new court order allows portable electronic devices inside the Fairfax County Courthouse, subject to regulations. Approved portable devices may now be used for audio telephone calls inside courthouse common areas; however these devices may not be used in courtrooms for any purpose unless expressly authorized by the presiding judge. Photography, video and audio recording, and/or other audio or video transmission from inside the courthouse is strictly prohibited without written permission of the Court.

Acceptable portable electronic devices include:

  • Portable personal computers.
  • Tablet computers.
  • Mobile telephones (including telephones with cameras and audio and video recording and transmission capabilities).
  • Electronic calendars.
  • E-book readers.

All other cameras, video cameras, video recording equipment and recording devices that are not considered a portable electronic device are prohibited beyond the courthouse entry area. Prohibited photographic and video recording equipment may be permitted with prior written authorization by an active 19th judicial circuit or district judge.

Jurors and court personnel are subject to additional restrictions and guidelines. View the full court order (PDF) for more information, or call the Fairfax County Circuit Court at 703-691-7320.

Diversity Conference of the Virginia State Bar
Ms. Reese has recently joined the Diversity Conference of the Virginia State Bar. The purpose is to promote inclusiveness in the legal profession and ensure the profession meets the needs of the increadingly diverse public it serves.