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J.D., William & Mary School of Law, cum laude
B.A., University of Florida, cum laude
District of Columbia
Brooke is an associate in the Firm’s Family Law Group. She received her J.D. from William & Mary Law School and her B.A. in history and political science from the University of Florida. Prior to joining Pasternak & Fidis, Brooke clerked for Supreme Court of Virginia Justice Stephen R. McCullough and Norfolk Circuit Court judges David W. Lannetti and Michelle J. Atkins.
Originally from Florida, Brooke now lives in Fairfax County with her husband, Brad. In her free time, she enjoys rooting for the Florida Gators, playing board games, reading, biking, and volunteering with Fancy Cats Rescue Team.
In December 2017, Congress rushed to pass the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: a 503-page document that drastically alters several of the popular tax credits and deductions around which many divorcing families structure their financial planning. This first major tax reform in decades affects taxes beginning in 2018 and will have a significant impact on divorcing families. Family lawyers are still working on understanding the nuances of the changes and figuring out how to settle cases while some of the uncertainties in the application of the new law are being resolved by the Treasury Department.
Even the most amicable divorce can be expensive; it simply costs more to maintain two households. Through effective use of the tax code, however, family law attorneys, often working alongside… MORE >
The Maryland General Assembly recently took several actions impacting domestic relations that will increase ease, efficiency, and consistency for those navigating the family court system.
Domestic Violence Orders Admissible in Maryland Divorce Suits
Protective orders (a form of domestic violence order) are designed to end and prevent abuse between family or household members. Current or former spouses, people who have lived together in an intimate relationship for at least 90 days during the past year, people who have been in a sexual relationship within the past year, people who share children together, people who are in a caretaker-vulnerable adult relationship, and family members can file for a protective order 24 hours a day in Maryland. In a protective order, a judge can order the abuser… MORE >
Spousal support is an important element of many divorces. When couples have been married for a long time, have supported each other’s careers, and have made sacrifices in their own lives in order to provide that support, alimony is often essential to afford former spouses financial security as they rebuild their lives as individuals outside of marriage.
A major concern those receiving support may have is: “what happens if my former spouse dies?” In Maryland, D.C., and Virginia, spousal support obligations terminate upon the death of either party. When married, life insurance helps to protect people from the financial devastation that can result from losing a spouse. Divorce can affect life insurance beneficiary designations. In Virginia, divorce automatically divests a former spouse of any interest… MORE >