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					                           John Crouch, J.D.
                             Crouch & Crouch Law Offices
                             2101 Wilson Blvd., Suite 950
                               Arlington, Virginia 22201
                                    (703) 528-6700
                                  crouch@patriot.net
                           www.divorceandestateplanning.com

         John Crouch is an attorney with the law offices of Crouch & Crouch in Arlington,
Virginia. The firm provides a range of legal services but has a particular concentration in
interstate and international child custody cases, involving jurisdiction laws and the Hague
Convention on International Child Abduction. Mr. Crouch‟s major areas of practice are
family law, wills and estate planning.

Professional Activities:

         Mr. Crouch is a founder and current President of the Collaborative Law Society, a
tri-state group of family lawyers and related professionals pioneering a new way to resolve
family law cases. He is also a founding member of the Virginia Association of Collaborative
Professionals. He co-chaired the Child Custody Committee of the American Bar
Association's Family Law Section from 1999 to 2001, and also serves on its International
Law Committee and on the Advisory Committee of its Child Custody Pro Bono Project. He
chaired an ABA committee which recently drafted Standards for Child Representation in
Custody Cases. He formerly served on the ABA Family Law Section‟s Continuing Legal
Education Committee. He was the 1999-2000 Chairman of the Arlington County Bar
Association Family Law Section, serves on the Association‟s Lawyer Referral Service
committee, and formerly served on its Continuing Legal Education Committee. He is also a
member of the International Society of Family Law, the International Association of
Collaborative Professionals, and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts.

Legal Education:

        Mr. Crouch is a 1995 graduate of the law school at the College of William and Mary
in Williamsburg, Virginia. While there, he was legal columnist and production editor for the
Amicus Curiae, and was trained as a family law mediator. His studies there emphasized
various aspects of tax law (individual, business, nonprofit, and estate), estate planning,
family law, dispute resolution, legislation, and the interrelation of law and economics.
During law school, he served as a Court-Appointed Special Advocate for children in the
Newport News, Virginia Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court; clerked for public
defenders in Loudoun and Fauquier Counties, Virginia; and interned with the Staff Counsel
of the Virginia Court of Appeals.

Marriage Movement Activities:

       In response to the effects of America's growing divorce culture, Mr. Crouch and
Colleen Fannin Arnold co-founded Americans for Divorce Reform in 1997. ADR is a

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nonprofit organization whose mission is to enhance the public's understanding of the effects
of divorce, and to bring together and assist people who want to work on state legislation to
reduce divorce, and other efforts to strengthen marriage. Mr. Crouch serves as the group's
volunteer Executive Director. He also serves on the Advisory Group of the Smart Marriages
Coalition for Marriage, Family and Couples Education and is an authorized Relationship
Enhancement instructor, trained by the National Institute for Relationship Enhancement. He
has contributed to several marriage-related group statements issued by the Institute for
American Values, and is a member of the Institute‟s Council on Family Law. He has
testified before Congressional and state legislative committees.

Historical Interests:

         Mr. Crouch earned his undergraduate degree in history from Brown University in
Providence, Rhode Island. He served on the Arlington County Historic Affairs and
Landmark Review Board from 1999 through 2001, and wrote several historic markers in
that capacity. From 1989 to 1991 Mr. Crouch was a National Park Ranger assigned to the
Washington, D.C. monument and memorials, where his duties included composing and
delivering lectures about Jefferson, Washington, and Lincoln, and their times. He was active
in the rebuilding of his family‟s 1790s log house and in raising funds for that project.

Personal:

       Mr. Crouch, his wife Laura Walton Crouch and their three children live in his home
town of Arlington, Virginia, adjacent to Washington, D.C. They are members of St. Peter‟s
Episcopal Church, the Opera Theater of Northern Virginia, and local alumni groups for
William & Mary, Ohio State, Brown, and H-B Woodlawn Secondary School.

Representative Publications:

“„Traditional‟ or Not, Real Families are Under Attack from Left and Right”, Amicus
Curiae, 1994.
“The Hague Convention on Child Abduction”, ABA Family Advocate, Fall 2005.
“No-Fault Divorce Laws and Divorce Rates in the United States and Europe: Variations and
Correlations”, chapter in Loveless and Holman, editors, The Family in the New Millennium,
Praeger Publishers, 2007.
“The Child‟s Attorney: New ABA Rules Clarify the Roles of Lawyers Who Represent
Children”, ABA Family Advocate, Winter 2004.
“Representing Children Under the New ABA Standards”, ABA Family Advocate, Winter
2004.
“New Standards for Child Representation in Custody Cases”, Association of Family and
Conciliation Courts Newsletter, Fall 2003.
“Adoption in the 21st Century”, ABA Family Advocate, 2002.
“International Family Law”, chapter in Ronald Brown and Laura Morgan, editors, 2002
Family Law Update, Aspen Law & Business Publications, 2001.
 “International Child Custody Litigation”, The Complete Lawyer, Fall, 1999. Reprinted in
Georgia State Bar Family Law News, Spring 2000.
“Deceptive Graphics in Exhibits: Evidentiary and Practical Considerations”, Fair$hare,
1999.
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“Feminist Praises Old-Time Values, Manners, Extended Families”, Amicus Curiae, 1994.
 “New Reforms Abound at D.C. International Family Courts Conference”, Virginia State
Bar Family Law News, Fall 1998.
“Virginia Legislature Allows Rehabilitative Alimony”, Virginia State Bar Family Law
News, Spring 1998.
“World Bank, IADB to Increase Compliance with Support, Discovery, Pension Division,
and Survivor Benefits.” Virginia State Bar Family Law News, Spring 1999.
“Poverty Level Exception to Shared Custody Guidelines”, Larry Diehl, co-author, Virginia
State Bar Family Law News, Summer 1999.
“New Research on Effects of Marriage Training.” Virginia State Bar Family Law News,
Fall 1999.
“The 2000 Virginia General Assembly Session: 24 Bills Changing Family Law and
Practice.” Virginia State Bar Family Law News, Spring 2000.
“Does Rubio v. Rubio Block All Alimony Modification?”, Richard J. Byrd, co-author,
Virginia State Bar Family Law News, Fall 2000.
“Conference of Leading Child Custody Practitioners Recommends Major Transformation of
Courts, New Rules for Lawyers, Evaluators.” Virginia State Bar Family Law News, Fall
2000.
“Yes, Virginia, There Is a Professional Consensus.” Virginia State Bar Family Law News,
Fall 2000.
“UN, IMF To Cooperate On Support Enforcement, Discovery.” Virginia State Bar Family
Law News, Fall 1999.
“101 Uses for a Noncustodial Parent.” Virginia State Bar Family Law News, Fall 2000.
Providence Newspapers and the Racist Riots of 1824 and 1831 (Providence: Cornerstone
Books, 1999; limited unbound printing by bookstore owner).
Lead revising editor on brochures: “Marriage in Virginia”, Virginia State Bar, 1996;
“Divorce Can Be …” [an introduction to collaborative divorce], Collaborative Law Society,
2005.
Web sites: Americans for Divorce Reform (www.divorcereform.org), Collaborative Law
Society (www.co-divorce.com), Crouch & Crouch (www.divorceandestateplanning.com).
Model Legislation and Rules: lead drafter of ABA Standards for Child Representation in
Custody Cases (www.abanet.org/family/reports/standards_childcustody.pdf) Divorce Early
Warning and Prevention Act (www.waitingperiods.com), Classic Marriage
(www.classicmarriage.com),        and       Model      Premarital     Education      Act
(www.divorcereform.org/mod.html).

Continuing Education and Similar Presentations:

As speaker only (including preparation of materials):

“Ethical Issues in Collaborative Law”, Lorman Educational Services, Arlington, Virginia,
August 2005.
“ Legislation Roundtable”, Smart Marriages Conference, Dallas, June 2005
“Working with State Legislators”, Smart Marriages Conference, Dallas, June 2005
“Options for People Facing Separation and Divorce”, part of Stephen Ministry volunteer
training, Lorton, Virginia, March, 2005.


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“Divorce Laws and Divorce Rates in Europe and the U.S.”, presented at the European
Regional Dialogue of the United Nations Doha Conference on the Family, Geneva,
Switzerland, August, 2004.
“Standards and Guidelines for Evaluators and Children‟s Lawyers in Custody Cases,”
ABA/APA Children and the Law Conference, Washington, D.C., June 5, 2004
“Collaborative Law”, Fredericksburg, Virginia Bar Association, May 2004.
 “Collaborative Law”, Harford County, Maryland Bar Association, May 2003.
“Possibilities for Reforming Family Court Systems to Support Marriage.” Department of
Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families Conference, Seattle,
Washington, August 2002.
“Representing Children in Custody Cases”, American Bar Association Family Law Section
Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., August 9, 2002.
“National Standards for Lawyers Representing Children in Divorce/Custody Cases,” ABA
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Center on Children and the Law 10 National Conference, Washington, D.C., June 8, 2002.
“An Interdisciplinary Training Program for Children‟s Representatives in Custody
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Proceedings”. ABA Center on Children and the Law 10 National Conference, Washington,
D.C., June 6, 2002.
“Trying a Hague Convention Case.” Arnold & Porter, Washington, D.C., March, 2002.
“The Ethiconomics of Attorney-Client Relations.” Lorman Educational Services, Arlington,
Virginia, January, 2001.
“Trial of an International Child Abduction Case”, American Bar Association Family Law
Section Fall Meeting, Tampa, Florida, Oct. 2000.
Presentations on “Recent International Family Law Cases” at four American Bar
Association Family Law Section International Law Committee meetings, Oct. 1999 through
Oct. 2000.
“What Do Marriage Educators Need to Know?”, Smart Marriages Conference, Denver,
Colorado, July 2000.
“Divorce Reform”, Smart Marriages Conference, Denver, Colorado, July 2000.
“Marriage Education and the Internet.” Smart Marriages Conferences, July 1999 and July
2000.
“Representing Children in Divorce Cases”, American Bar Association Family Law Section
Fall Meeting, San Diego, California, October 14, 1999.
“Divorce Law Reform: Lawyers‟ Roles and Responsibilities”. National Lawyers‟
Association Midyear Meeting, Phoenix, Arizona, February 13, 1999.

As speaker and producer (including preparation of materials):

“Internet Evidence, Proof and Divorce”. Arlington County Bar Association Annual Family
Law Seminar, Jan. 2000. Produced all-day program and spoke on “The Ethiconomics of
Leveraged Litigation” and “Introduction to Basic Internet Concepts.”
“Divorce Law Reform: Building a Long-Term Movement for Social Change”, Smart
Marriages Conference, June 2001.
“Can Changing the Law Help Marriage?”, Smart Marriages Conference, July 2002.

As producer only (including preparation of materials):

Initial Collaborative Law Training, Collaborative Family Law Society, Nov. 2003.

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“High-Conflict Custody Cases: Abduction, Alienation and Abuse Charges”, American Bar
Association Family Law Section Fall Meeting, Oct. 2000. Produced half-day program,
spoke briefly.
Arlington County Bar Association Family Law Section meeting programs on Collaborative
Law, 2003, Marriage Education, October 1999, and on Divorce Litigation Involving
International Organization Employees, December 1999.
“Best Interests of the Child: The Changing Specifics Behind the Immutable Standard.”
American Bar Association Family Law Section Spring Meeting, April 2001.
“High-Conflict Custody Cases: Improving the Legal System for Children.” American Bar
Association Annual Meeting, August 2001. Co-produced all-day program.
“Listening to the Child‟s Perspective”. American Bar Association Family Law Section Fall
Meeting, October 2001.

Poster Sessions:

“Divorce Laws and Divorce Rates in Europe and the U.S.”, Smart Marriages conference,
Dallas, Texas, July, 2004.
 “Updating the Braking Mechanisms in No-Fault Divorce Laws: A Proposal for Counseling
Periods Before Divorce”, Smart Marriages conference, Dallas, Texas, July, 2004.

Other Presentations:

Spoke to classes on “Women, the Law, and Litigating for Social Change,” American
University, Washington, D.C., January 4, 2002 and January 5, 2004.
Spoke to Davidson College Summer in Washington Program class, June 13, 2002.
“Dollars and Sense of Divorce”, Arlington County, Virginia Adult Education program,
January, 2004.
“Guidelines for Children‟s Attorneys and Guardians Ad Litem in Custody Cases”, Florida
Bar Commission on the Legal Needs of Children, October 5, 2001.

Awards:

Chair's Special Recognition Award. American Bar Association Family Law Section, August,
2003.
Award of Merit. National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Four times:
November, 1997, January, 2002, April, 2003, and May, 2005.
“Friend of the Chair” Award. American Bar Association Family Law Section, August,
2001.
Third Place, Felix Morley Journalism Competition. Institute for Humane Studies, 1992.




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