Attorney Kabara Korth Praskavich
I am a Northern Virginia family law attorney practicing at Maddox & Gerock, P.C. I help guide client but are otherwise operating normally right now.
We are doing as much as possible remotely (via Zoom, phone calls, etc.) Please let me know if I can be of any assistance!
I'm honored to be recognized as a Best Lawyer for the 3rd year in a row, and thrilled to work with the team at Maddox & Gerock who I learn from daily.
The word is out, and Maddox & Gerock is thrilled to announce that our attorneys are among the Best! Congratulations to each of the MG lawyers who are recognized in the 29th Edition of Best Lawyers!
Honored and excited that I have been included in the 27th Edition of the Best Lawyers in America for my work in family law!
Looking to knock out some of those CLE credits? Use my promo code FSP50N to get $50 off this full-day CLE where yours truly will be presenting on UIFSA and complex child support issues.
Advanced Custody and Support Issues Wednesday, June 24, 2020 Eastern: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM Central: 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM Mountain: 7:00 AM - 2:30 PM Pacific: 6:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Thank you teachers! Especially this year as you’ve been navigating unchartered territories. Thank you especially to my brother, sister-in-law, and mom, who are all teachers!
Gosh I missed this view (and the dual monitors 😅). In the office today for a Court of Appeals argument that will be happening telephonically. What do you miss most about your physical office space? Or, if you have always worked from home, what is your favorite thing about your home office?
April 2020 Coffee with Kabara - Special Guest Tashina Gorgone, Partner at Maddox & Gerock, regarding COVID-19 impact on Courts and ADR Options to help move your case further.
Coming up today at 10: My coffee date with Tashina Gorgone, Esq. regarding Court's response to COVID-19 and what you can be doing now to further your case. This required more advanced technical skills than any other Coffee with Kabara (meaning I had to toggle 2 options on Zoom) so that we can bring this long-distance discussion to Facebook Live! Watch, be impressed, and learn something new.
Join me next Wednesday, April 22nd, at 10:00 a.m. for the April Coffee with Kabara. I'll be speaking with Tashina Gorgone, Esq., partner at Maddox & Gerock, PC, regarding how COVID-19 is impacting the courts, and what you can do to continue moving your case along while waiting for courts to reopen.
Who are you thankful for?
Getting a stimulus check? Think about the last return you filed and what account that refund (if any) went into. If it's an account that no longer exists or is in your ex's sole name, you may need to coordinate with them to ensure you get your portion of the stimulus payment. While you're at it, work out how you're going to divide the $500/kid payment. Above your pay grade? There's a lawyer for that.
It's a sad reality that as cases of coronavirus have been increasing around the world, there has also been an increase in incidents of domestic violence. France has seen an almost 1/3 increase in calls to their domestic abuse hotline, and has responded in an amazing way; Wuhan had 3x the number of domestic violence complaints during quarantine; and in US abusers have used the pandemic as an excuse to throw family members out of the home and commit acts of physical violence. Reach out to your friends to check on them and offer whatever support you can. Let them know they have options, even now.
France Announces Plan To Aid Domestic Abuse Victims During Coronavirus Crisis Confinement can create "fertile ground for domestic violence," says the country's minister for gender quality. France is also creating support sites for women at supermarkets and pharmacies.
In Fairfax J&DR today! Courts in Northern Virginia have continued most trials but protective orders and emergencies are still going forward. I am also working remotely with clients settling cases, developing COVID-19 custody/visitation plans, and preparing for when courts are back to fully functioning. I hope you and your loved ones are staying healthy and safe, and please reach out if I can be of any assistance or help lessen your burden during this trying time!
The world is changing at such a fast pace these days. The March Coffee with Kabara was supposed to be a talk with Tashina Gorgone about relocation cases. It was also supposed to happen yesterday. Instead, Tashina and I were in an all-hands-on-deck meeting about the office and court procedures in the next month +. Needless to say that talk will be reschedule to a later date, when things are back to a new normal.
Why do I say “new normal?” Well, because the impacts of coronavirus are going to be felt in our society and economy for a LONG time. I am going to be having a March Coffee with Kabara today, 11am, about its immediate impact on the Courts I practice in, my practice, and some things to expect long-term.
Coffee with Kabara Ep. 4 - First Time Home Buying with Joseph Hudson, Realtor.
Next Coffee with Kabara tomorrow morning - Thursday, 2/27 at 10:30am. Come get a paired-down version of Joe Hudson's home-buying seminar.
Reminder: Joe Hudson will be joining me Thursday, 2/27 for my next Coffee with Kabara, where he'll give us an abbreviated version of his home buying seminar. Drop any questions you might have about the process below so we can make sure to pick Joe's brain about it!
Coffee with Kabara topics: I'm in the process of scheduling the rest of my 2020 interviews. If you have a particular topic you'd be interested in hearing about, let me know! Odd months will be family-law related, and even months will have a broader scope. Otherwise, you'll get what I give you. :)
7 minutes to the next Coffee with Kabara: Purchasing a home post-divorce, with Michael Kenyon from Union Home Mortgage.
Coffee with Kabara ep. 3 - Buying a home post-divorce with Michael Kenyon from Union Home Mortgage.
Don't miss tomorrow's Coffee with Kabara - talking with Michael Kenyon, Branch Manager at Union Home Mortgage, about purchasing a new home in the aftermath of divorce. Thursday, 1/16, 10:30am. This month I promise there will be less flu, and we'll be trying mics for the first time!
I've seen a lot of interesting requests from pro se (self-represented) parties, but this takes the cake. Or the katana, as it were.
Man requests 'trial by combat' to settle dispute with ex-wife SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (KUTV) — While it sounds like something out of "Game of Thrones," a Kansas man's request to meet his ex-wife and her attorney "on the field of battle where (he) will rend their souls from their corporal bodies (sic)," is entirely real, and surprisingly serious. According t...
Coffee with Kabara ep. 2 - Self Care through the Holidays with Alicia Cohen, LCSW-C (Maryland).
Remember the next Coffee with Kabara coming up quick!! 10:30 EST TODAY. self care through the holidays with Alicia Cohen, LCSW.
Don't forget to joint me next month for self-care through the holidays with LCSW Alicia Cohen, December 11 at 10:30am! Until then, I hope you and yours have a wonderful, stress-free Thanksgiving.
Coffee with Kabara Ep. 01 - Pets & Divorce, Guest: Scott Weinbaum
Running into my first Coffee with Kabara live video like Higgins running towards a treat. Tomorrow at 10am EST I'll be talking with Scott Weinbaum about dividing pets in divorce, and because it's live I'll probably mispronounce my own name, or the word dog. Don't miss out!
Don't forget -- I'm doing my very first Coffee with Kabara Facebook Live video next week! Hoping to make this a monthly occurrence. The first topic will be dividing pets in divorce, and I'll be speaking with Scot Weinbaum, partner at Maddox & Gerock, P.C., on an issue near and dear to my heart. Set a reminder, Nov 21st, 10am EST.
To all you service members, former and current, and service member families - thank you for your service! Hope you get a nice free meal (at the least) today!
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Every divorce in Virginia requires you to file a VS-4 form (a vital statistics form that functions as a kind of divorce certificate). That form requires all sorts of data most clients find borderline offensive, including race. I wonder if this order by Judge Alston relating to marriage certificates will change the VS-4 form as well.
I'm going to be doing a Facebook live video with my colleague, Scott Weinbaum, on an area of family law he's published and presented on -- dividing pets in a divorce. Cannot wait to speak with him on this topic (and see pics of his pup) on Nov 21st at 10am. Until then, Higgins will do the shameless dog promotion.
There has been a custody case out of Texas garnering a lot of attention in the family-lawyer circle lately: a case dealing with twins, one of whom is trans. It's an understatement to say that the mom is supportive and the father is not supportive; the father went so far as to create a website and reach out to politicians and media outlets, referring to the mom's acceptance of their trans daughter as abusive and akin to "chemical castration." Some law makers are now drafting legislation that would make it impossible for parents to authorize trans treatment of their minor children - even when the parents are married and in complete agreement as to that child's treatment. This will have a profound negative effect on trans youth in the states where any such legislation is enacted including unnecessarily delaying treatment until after puberty.
What Happens When Parents Disagree About the Gender of Their Child One child custody case says a lot about the safety of transgender kids everywhere.
Business valuations are one of the more complex and interesting components of equitable distribution. In Virginia, the Court cannot divide an asset that is in the name of only one spouse (including a business). However, the Court can and will value that asset and require the business owner pay the non-business owner his/her portion of the marital equity in that business. Business valuation requires an expert, an attorney who understands what comprises marital and separate property in that business valuation (for example, the value of your name recognition is separate), and open access to the business documents and records.
In owners' divorces, businesses can become part of the fight The battle can end with owners losing all or part of their businesses.
Another Friday time for another GSM. This week my GSM is Halloween! Seeing kids in costume is always great, and my kiddo made a pretty cute Yoda (if Yoda can be cute). The venue for the CLE I attended yesterday even got in the mood with this pumpkin carving competition. What were your GSM this week?
Those who know me well know Ovilee is my second child -- Higgins has had the keys to my heart (and pocketbook) since 2011. That's why, for my very first Coffee with Kabara, I'll be speaking to a colleague, Scot Weinbaum, about pets in divorce. It gives me a chance to spam photos of my pup, and you a chance to learn about a niche area of family law! Set a reminder so you don't miss the chat - Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. EST.
Here's my take on the 6 tips in the linked article:
1. Update your beneficiaries - This is so important! What happens if you separate (or even divorce), and then pass? If you forget to update your beneficiary designation, your ex will inherit -- not your kids, siblings, new spouse, ...
2. Get access - Knowledge is power. Know your account log-ins and bankers.
3. Don't forget taxes! Selling your investments to pay legal fees may cost more in taxes than you'd pay charging those fees on a credit card and paying it off as quickly as you can (put it on a points card and get a free round-trip ticket after the divorce is finalized).
4. Dividing up Investments - Make sure you aren't just dividing based on value but also looking at the tax affect of each investment (capital gains/losses, carry forwards, pre- or post-tax investments, etc.). This can drastically change the true value of any particular investment.
5. Dividing retirement - Retirement is almost always divided separate and apart from post-tax investment accounts since your taxes 5, 10, or 50 years in the future are unknowable at this time (remember: most retirement assets are pre-tax, like your employer sponsored 401(k) and TSP, and so $1 in that account worth about 70 cents in cash).
6. Use professionals - Hey, I get it, your lawyer is pretty smart right? But no lawyer knows everything (even me). And even if you're a financial planner, all humans make mistakes - and even more than usual when under the stress and grief a divorce can cause. So surround yourself with people who have your back, are experts, and aren't emotionally drained just thinking about how to divide your assets.
6 Tips for Managing Your Investments Through Divorce | The Motley Fool There are a number of reasons you may want to update your beneficiary designations on your investment accounts. Divorce might be one of them.
This past summer the Virginia Court of Appeals recognized that one child could have three natural parents (one mother and two fathers).** Though the case was based on statutory language that does not seem to contemplate the possibility of more than one mother, the end result of having shared legal and physical custody of one child among 3 parents is an exciting road map for all sorts of families that have more than 2 adults (polyamorous or open relationships, closed triads or other non-couple groups, and the list goes on). These types of families do exist, and have children, and we should have a way of ensuring their children's relationship remains intact with all parents in the event of a partial or complete dissolution.
**Bedell v Price and Matzuk & Matzuk v Price and Bedell -- the Virginia Court of Appeals found the minor child had one mother and two fathers. Matzyuk was a legal father because he acknowledged paternity at the time of the child's birth. Bedell was a legal father because of a DNA test determining paternity a couple years after the birth. Price is the child's mother.
Ryan Bedell v. Christina Price and Walter Ryan Matzuk Ryan Bedell v. Christina Price and Walter Ryan Matzuk
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Kabara is counsel at Maddox & Gerock, PC. Prior to joining Maddox & Gerock, Kabara worked at another boutique family law firm in Northern Virginia for over 6 years. Kabara works to make sure her clients understand the process, the goal, and the strategy, during a time that can often feel overwhelming or daunting.
Kabara has experience working on all types of family law issues and leading clients through custody, support, property/debt division, divorce, modifications, and enforcement actions and tailors her approach to each specific case. Some cases are able to resolve amicably with simple negotiation or mediation, others may require extensive litigation and use of numerous experts – most cases fall somewhere in the middle. Recent interesting issues Kabara has dealt with include fault-based divorce (criminal conviction, adultery, and abuse), special-needs children (including decision-making and financial issues), valuing business interests, CPS family assessments, and unequal division of retirement benefits in lieu of receiving spousal support.
Kabara moved to the DC area in 2008 to attend law school at Georgetown University Law Center, where she received the pro bono certificate for completing over 350 hours of volunteer legal services. While at Georgetown, Kabara interned at Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN), working with LGBT and HIV-positive service members facing court martial and discharge, and clerked for the Honorable Laura A. Cordero of the DC Superior Court, gaining experience on issues of adoption, civil commitment, and cases involving CPS.
Prior to law school, Kabara graduated from the University of Chicago in 2007 where she received a degree in History. She grew up in Texas (Houston) and Indiana (Bloomington). Kabara currently lives in Maryland with her husband, daughter, and dog. When not at the office, Kabara enjoys traveling, reading, hiking, and all things nerdy.
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