Entries by James J. Gross

How Much Is a Stay at Home Mom Worth?

My wife and I had our annual argument last night about who has the harder job. I am a high pressure lawyer and she is a stay at home mom. I thought I would win hands down. She came armed with some statistics, however. According to the mom pay wizard calculator at Salary.Com, the typical […]

2007 DC Super Lawyers

James J. Gross and Lois R. Finkelstein, of the law firm of Thyden Gross & Callahan in Chevy Chase, Maryland, have been selected as District of Columbia Super Lawyers for 2007. They are listed among the top 5% of lawyers in the D.C. area practicing family law as a result of a survey by Law […]

Working Successfully With Your Divorce Attorney

On Tuesday, March 20, 2007, 7:00PM – 8:45PM, I’ll be presenting a workshop, “WORKING SUCCESSFULLY WITH YOUR DIVORCE ATTORNEY,” at the Montgomery County Commission for Women, 401 North Washington Street, Rockville, Maryland. I will be talking about the best ways to select an attorney, keep costs down, work with an attorney, retainers, billing, and how […]

Divorce Blues

Lawyers usually handle the legal and financial issues in a divorce and leave the emotional issues to a counselor or therapist. But I keep a box of tissues on my desk because people cry a lot in my office. Divorce hurts, whether you are the one that’s left or the one that’s leaving. There is […]

Between Marriages

Although the international situation is desperate as usual, divorce is in the news again today. CARMEN ELECTRA, former “Baywatch” star and DAVE NAVARRO, former guitarist with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, are amicably separating after their 2003 wedding on MTV’s “Til Death Do Us Part”. PAUL MCCARTNEY has hired divorce lawyer Fiona Shackleton to handle […]

Maryland Financial Statements, Maryland Rule 9-203

I can never remember which financial statement I have to file and when – the nine page long form at Rule 9-203(a), the one page short form at Rule 9-203(b) or none at all. Fortunately, the answer is provided in Maryland Rule 9-203: (e) Financial statement – Spousal support.– If spousal support is claimed by […]

Burning Down the House

Dr. Nicholas Bartha, 66, of New York recently sent an email to his ex-wife wife saying: “When you read this … your life will change forever. You deserve it. You will be transformed from gold digger to ash and rubbish digger. You always wanted me to sell the house. I always told you I will […]

Cads, Cheaters, Bounders and No-Good Run Arounders

Todd Hollis of Pittsburgh is suing Tasha Josephs for defamation after several women posted comments about him on a website called Dontdatehimgirl.com according to this article on Wired News. Hollis, an attorney himself, says the website does not have safeguards to ensure the truthfulness of the items posted. Josephs says it is a cost-effective weapon […]

A Kid’s Guide to Divorce

Here’s a website call A Kid’s Guide to Divorce that explains divorce in helpful language from a child’s point of view. Divorce can be a scary thing to grownups so imagine how children feel about it. They are filled with feelings of fear, guilt and anxiety. There are sections titled “Kids Can’t Cause a Divorce!” […]

Anna Nicole Smith Wins in US Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously in favor of Anna Nicole Smith in her law suit to try to collect 88 million dollars from the estate of her late husband. This was not a final ruling on the merits. Smith, former Playmate of the Year and topless dancer, married Texas oil billionaire, J. Howard Smith […]