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May Highlights!

 

Whew! Another month in lockdown, down!

While our team--- like many of you--- has been juggling teleworking/parenting/distance learning/staving off dog boredom/staying sane, we've been proud to continue to find new ways to creatively serve our clients during this challenging time. 

This quick May update gives you our top highlights from the past month, including a webinar we were thrilled to co-host with Washington Post Columnist Parent Coach Meghan Leahy. 

We are also including important information about child support changes and job loss. If your family has been financially impacted by COVID-19, please make sure to check out information about the reduced fee child support modification service we created in response to this crisis. 

We know this strange period of lockdown has increased the strain on many marriages that were already struggling. As family law professionals who have guided hundreds of families through the divorce process, we know how heartbreaking it is to have to start to make difficult choices about if, when, and how to end a marriage. We're happy to offer you the opportunity to have a free discovery call with our team to gather reassuring information if you are facing these decisions.

As always, if you have questions or a loved one in need of guidance, please contact us at (301) 388-5528 or via email at [email protected] 

Stay safe & be well!

~The Z Family Law Team

In the latest installment of our series on the Worthy.com blog, Z Family Law's divorce coach tackled the five top things you need to know about job loss and COVID-19. 

If you've lost your job or had your income reduced because of the crisis, you must file to modify your child support now. Holding off on filing could translate to months of payments calculated as if you were still working. 

Z Family Law has created a flat-rate, reduced fee clinic to support families in need of child support modification. If you are in need of help, please visit https://zfamilylaw.com/child-support-clinic/ so we can get started on your filing. 
Got child support modification questions?

We've got answers!


Call 301-388-5528 and a member of our team will walk you through registering for the Maryland Rapid Response COVID Child Support Modification Clinic.
A HUGE thank you to Parent Coach Meghan Leahy for joining Z Family Law's Christy Zlatkus for an information-packed webinar about parenting in the pandemic. If you missed it, stay tuned for dates in June when we'll be re-airing it with a Live Q&A by Z Family Law's Divorce Coach, Dr. Elizabeth DuBois.
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April Updates from Z Family Law

 

We hope this April update finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy!

We are reaching out with essential information about how we're supporting families economically impacted by COVID-19, as well as a warm welcome to our newest attorney, Kimberly Lauer, Esquire.

We've also snuck in a quick welcome to our newest canine teammate, Clover, because we all need more wet noses and warm nuzzles during these trying times.

As always, if you have questions or a loved one in need of guidance, please contact us at (301) 388-5528 or via email at [email protected] 

Stay safe & be well!

~The Z Family Law Team

Click here to read Ms. Kimberly Lauer, Esquire's full biography on our website.

Did you know that you're still responsible for paying the full amount of child support, even if you don't have any income? Unless you've asked the Court to change your obligation, you're responsible for paying child support as if you were still employed.

Important Information about Child Support and COVID-19 Related Job Loss
 
If you've lost your job or been furloughed because of the current crisis, you need to file to modify child support now.

Child support modifications are backdated to the date of filing, not the date you lost your job. In practical terms, this means you could be held accountable for your full child support obligation, even if you are not making any income---- unless you ask the Court to make a change. 

Filing for a child support modification is a cumbersome process, and this is already a difficult time for many families. To help ease the burden, we've created a flat fee, comprehensive service to help parents file to change their child support obligation. For $500, our
Rapid Response COVID-19 Child Support Change Clinic handles every detail of filing for a modification.

This clinic is specifically for families who already have an active Child Support Order in place. If you are unable to pay your child support obligation as directed in the Order, you are going to need to take action immediately to avoid months of backlogged requests once the Courts open. 

You can get started in just a few clicks on our website, at 
https://zfamilylaw.com/child-support-clinic/
Welcome Clover, Z Family Law's Barketing Coordinator 

We couldn't publish a pandemic-era update without a warm fuzzy ending, even if it meant one of our staff members was going to have to adopt another dog (we're that devoted to our newsletter content). 

Clover joins her big sister Lucky, Z Family Law's Chief Barketing Officer, in our marketing department. Together, they are committed to keeping their mom's feet warm while she writes copy, and working collaboratively to unlock the deadbolt to the front door whenever GrubHub delivers. 
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We're Grateful for YOU!
 
 
 
 
THANK YOU!
 
December Newsletter
 
 
 
Z Family law is grateful for our clients, PARTNERS, family, friends, and future clients!
 
 

The Z Family Law team wants to thank YOU for a great 2019!


We are so grateful for a year of helping our clients find their new normal, working with amazing partners, and getting support from all of our caring friends and family.


Some other exciting celebrations from 2019:

  • Megan Parlette and Dr. Elizabeth DuBois joined Z Family Law (January 2019)
  • Christy A. Zlatkus celebrated ten years as an attorney
  • We hit our 1 year anniversary
  • Megan Wood and Inna Loring joined the team (October 2019)
  • We became the first firm in Maryland to offer an in-house Divorce Coach -- Dr. Elizabeth Degi DuBois, PhD
  • Inna Loring was named a 2020 Rising Star with Super Lawyers
  • Christy A. Zlatkus was named a 2020 Super Lawyer
  • Team ZFL volunteered at Comfort Cases on Giving Tuesday

Thank you again and please do reach out to us in the new year - we are ready to assist in any way we can!


 
 
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THE NAME GAME: HOW TO CHANGE YOUR NAME AFTER DIVORCE

DECEmber 2019 | by DR. ELIZABETH DEGI DUBOIS, PHD

Over the summer I had the privilege of attending a wedding of a family friend. I was enjoying the sunny weather and even sunnier smiles of the bride and groom, when I suddenly found myself grimacing in a less than celebratory way. The words that prompted my social faux-pas facial expression were the traditional words uttered at an estimated 80% of weddings in the US: “I now present Mr. and Mrs. His Last Name.”
 
 
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Thinking Through the Details of Your New Normal

DECEmber 2019 | INNA LORING, ESQUIRE

I joined Z Family Law two weeks ago. In that short time, I have become steeped in the firm culture of helping clients envision, plan for, and adjust to their New Normal: the reality that settles in after separation and/or divorce. And my mind keeps going back to a fifteen-minute blip. Here is why it stands out.
 
 
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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIMS: PROTECT YOURSELF ONLINE

NOVEMber 2019 | by Jennifer Prizeman-Utara, Esquire & Christy A. Zlatkus, Esquire

When domestic violence victims are contemplating a separation or divorce, they need to protect themselves online as they research their options for leaving. In this blog post, we discuss ways to protect yourself online, including communicating and researching while planning your escape.
 
 
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New Additions to Z Family Law!
 
 
 
 
Z FAMILY LAW WELCOMES TWO NEW TEAM MEMBERS
 
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Z Family law is pleased to introduce INNA LorinG and megan WOod!
 
 

We're very excited to introduce two fantastic women to our ZFL family! 


As Z Family Law's newest attorney, Inna Loring uses her background in public interest law, custody, and divorce litigation to serve families to their new normal. She believes family law comes with its own set of challenges, even as it pulls in many different areas of law- criminal, business, benefits, tax. Learn more about Inna here.


As Z Family Law’s newest legal assistant and receptionist, Megan Wood uses her own experiences to help clients through their most challenging times. She formally joined Z Family Law’s staff in October 2019, after honing her administrative and client services skills as the Senior Client Services Manager at a privately-owned dog-walking company in Northwest DC and lower Montgomery County. Learn more about Megan here.


 
 
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my adoption story

november 2019 | by megan wood

Adoption. When we hear this word, I think many of us don’t know how we are supposed to feel about it, especially if you are on the outside looking in. Is it a sensitive subject to bring up to someone who has either adopted, is thinking about it as an option, or who is, him or herself, a child of adoption? 
 
 
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what to do when you see domestic violence

November 2019 | dr. elizabeth degi dubois, phd

Domestic violence is an uncomfortable topic that can conjure up sensationalized images of crime scenes and public trials. In reality, family law professionals like us who focus their practice on domestic violence know that abuse between partners is so common that it can seem almost mundane. In fact, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men in the US have experienced some type of violence from their partner, and the staggering majority of female victims of homicide are killed by their husband, boyfriend, or past lovers.
 
 
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introduction to divorce coaching

October 2019 | by dr. elizabeth degi dubois, phd

I was one of the lucky ones. In the decade-plus that I’ve been researching divorce and domestic violence public policy, I’ve met hundreds of women who lack a support system to help shepherd them through their worst moments and into a New Normal.
 
 
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First Firm to Offer This Service!
 
 
 
 
Z FAMILY LAW IS LEVELING UP SERVICE TO OUR CLIENTS
 
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Z Family law is pleased to introduce coaching to address our clients' emotional and logistical needs before, during and after their divorce.
 
 

We are so excited to share the news -- Z Family Law is the first firm in Maryland to offer in-house divorce coaching -- Meet our Divorce Coach and Client Relations Director, Dr. Elizabeth DuBois, PhD!


"I have the honor of serving as Maryland’s first in-house Divorce Coach thanks to Z Family Law’s commitment to supporting our clients using holistic, innovative methods that recognize that divorce is far more than the legal end of a marriage. I partner hard-won lessons from my own divorce and my doctoral training in family conflict to support our clients through their darkest moments."  - Dr. Elizabeth DuBois, PhD


 
 
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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIMS: PROTECT YOURSELF ONLINE

OCTOBER 2019 | by JENNIFER PRIZEMAN-UTARA, ESQUIRE & CHRISTY A. ZLATKUS, ESQUIRE

When domestic violence victims are contemplating a separation or divorce, they need to protect themselves online as they research their options for leaving. In this blog post, we discuss ways to protect yourself online, including communicating and researching while planning your escape.
 
 
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introduction to divorce coaching

October 2019 | by dr. elizabeth degi dubois, phd

I was one of the lucky ones. In the decade-plus that I’ve been researching divorce and domestic violence public policy, I’ve met hundreds of women who lack a support system to help shepherd them through their worst moments and into a New Normal.
 
 
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5 WAYS WOMEN CAN SUPPORT EACH OTHER DURING DIVORCE

OCTOBER 2019 | dr. elizabeth degi dubois, phd

The night my marriage ended, like, for real emotionally ended, not legally ended, I left my house with two dogs and a toddler in tow. Taking the kiddo with me had been a given, and thus something I had planned for. We had a place to go, people that were expecting us, and snacks and cartoons to help him ease into his unexpected slumber party at our friends’ house.
 
 
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Achieving positive outcomes through divorce
 
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CHECK OUT OUR NEW WEBSITE!
 
 

We are proud to launch our new website -- redesigned with YOU in mind. We have informative content around divorce, custody, domestic violence, adoption, and divorce coaching, and we’ve pulled together resources to help you navigate and discover your new normal!


 
 
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What I Learned in My Summer as a Legal Intern

august 2019 | by Dani meyer, intern

Going into the dreaded internship application season, I never imagined that I would be dedicating my summer to work as a legal intern. I’m majoring in international affairs and Arabic, I wasn’t focused on getting a legal internship, and I didn’t apply to any other law firms. But working with Christy and her team has been an incredible summer and I could not be happier that I chose to come in as their intern.
 
 
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Shattering Gender Norms In The Court Room

July 2019 | by Christy a. zlatkus, esquire & dr. elizabeth degi dubois

“But I’m the Mom” is no longer a valid argument in a custody battle. If this is the line you’re planning to trot out in front of a judge, we predict that your ex will be fighting against it with examples of his parenting wins.
 
 
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PREPARING FOR A CHILD CUSTODY BATTLE 

MAY 2019 | by Christy a. zlatkus, esquire

Women’s emotions about divorce run the gamut. Some feel profound relief at being out, some are in shock and stay numb for chunks of the process, some are elated to start over, some feel terror at the prospect of rebuilding a life from the wreckage of a marriage or significant partnership.
 
 
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