Representing Federal Employees and Their Spouses in Divorce: A Practical Guide (Paperback)

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Representing Federal Employees and Their Spouses in Divorce: A Practical Guide (Paperback)

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An in-depth look at the many issues raised in a divorce involved when representing a federal employee (current, former, or retired) or spouse, this is an invaluable, single-source brings together a wealth of information and practice insights from disparate sources that author Jessica Markham has gathered over two decades in practice.Complex and detailed information is presented in a manner that is accessible and understandable. Each chapter begins by explaining the basic aspects of the topic followed by more detailed information and citations for further research. In addition to a wealth of useful practice tips, the book includes checklists, glossary terms, and definitions for easy reference, as well as sample documents and forms also available in downloadable format online. This one-of-a-kind handbook thoroughly explains the major facets of the largest federal government pension systems: - Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS)- Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS)- Foreign Service Retirement and Disability System (FSRDS)- Foreign Service Retirement System (FSRS)- Federal government's defined contribution plans, including the Thrift Savings PlanThese primary benefit plans are explained at three distinct points when a federal employee may be involved in a divorce: during active employment, after separation from service but before retirement, and after retirement. The book also addresses issues related to death benefits, including pension survivor annuities, beneficiary designations, life insurance, and insurable interests, as well as other concerns when dividing pensions, such as maintaining health insurance after divorce and the effect of remarriage. This comprehensive guide also covers lesser-known protections and benefits offered to federal employees, retirees, and their spouses, such as leave, disability, long-term care insurance, and resources for victims of domestic violence, and briefly reviews litigation considerations such as determining income, garnishment, and obtaining documents from a federal agency. Representing the Federal Employee in Divorce is a valuable resource for newer practitioners to learn the basics, while more seasoned family lawyers will find it a useful resource to keep on their bookshelf for quick access to the specific information needed in a particular case.
Jessica Markham is a family attorney in private practice based in Bethesda, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, D.C. Ms. Markham practices all aspects of family law in Maryland and in the district. Ms. Markham and the members of her firm, Markham Law Firm (www.markhamlegal.com), have represented hundreds of parties in divorce cases involving federal employment, have prepared hundreds of retirement court orders, and frequently consult on retirement issues. She has extensive trial experience but advocates settlement over the adversarial process of litigation and is also trained in collaborative law. Ms. Markham is also frequently engaged by attorneys and parties to prepare their retirement court orders. Finally, Ms. Markham also has an active mediation practice, helping parties to resolve divorce-related disputes as a neutral, and is frequently appointed as a mediator by local courts. Ms. Markham has been recognized by her peers for her work. In 2018, 2019, and 2020, Ms. Markham was recognized by her peers for inclusion in "The Best Lawyers in America"(c) in the field of family law for the Washington, D.C., area, and the firm was recognized as a Best Firm in 2019 and 2020. In 2019 and 2020, Ms. Markham was named a Top Divorce Lawyer (Divorce) by Washingtonian Magazine and Top Attorney by Bethesda Magazine (family law and ADR). Ms. Markham is honored to have been selected by the Daily Record, a local legal newspaper, as a 2016 Leading Woman for achievements in her career, and the firm was awarded the "Top Winner" for Best Family Law Firm in 2019 and 2020 and Best Mediation Firm in 2020. Ms. Markham has also received a Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating of AV Preeminent in the field of family law. In addition, Ms. Markham has been selected for inclusion as a "Rising Star" by Maryland SuperLawyers Magazine (20112020) and Washington DC SuperLawyers Magazine (2013-2020). Ms. Markham and her husband developed an app called AliRecap, which can be found on the iTunes App Store. It calculates alimony recapture and has disappointingly been made largely moot by recent tax law changes. Ms. Markham is a lifelong Washington area resident and resides in Potomac with her husband and two children. She can be found tweeting at @markhamlegal.
Product Details ISBN: 9781641056519
ISBN-10: 1641056517
Publisher: American Bar Association
Publication Date: May 2nd, 2022
Pages: 272
Language: English