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Collaborative Mediation

When you are facing a divorce, you have an endless list of questions. What assets and debts will I end up with? What will the children’s lives look like? How much money will I have to live on? Can I keep the house? And these just scratch...

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Humanitarian Parole for Venezuelans

On October 3, 2022, the US announced a new humanitarian parole process for Venezuelans and their immediate family members to come to the US. This is a safe and orderly process patterned after the Ukrainian parole process. This process is designed...

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Things Have Changed: 5 Tips for Modification of Your Divorce

The last thing most people who get divorced want to think about is having to change the Agreement or Parenting Plan that they spent a great deal of time and money obtaining in the first place. But life happens...

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You’re Getting Divorced: Is Mediation the Right Option for You?

Most people who consult with a divorce attorney come to the initial consultation with questions about the division of assets, the house, the children, alimony and child support. Naturally, clients want to get an idea of the possible...

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The Importance of I-9 Compliance for Companies of Any Size

An I-9 form is a USCIS form which verifies employment eligibility in the US. On the first day of employment for any employee, the employer must provide an I-9 form to the new hire. The employee section of the form must be signed and filled...

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Death of a Petitioner or Principal Beneficiary

Although not the most joyous of topics, beneficiaries of family-based petitions need to know what they can do if their petitioner dies. There are several scenarios to consider. First, the immediate relative, spouse, or minor child of the US citizen...

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What is the Visa Bulletin?

All good questions. In short, the visa bulletin is the monthly document issued by the Department of State which lets the public know which visas will be processed for that month. The immigration system is built on quotas. Each category of immigration has a quota.

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Legal Ramifications of Signing “Bad” Settlement Agreements

All too often,in an effort to avoid the emotional and gut-wrenching efforts to get through a legal proceeding, save money on attorney’s fees, or simply avoid “dealing with it”, parties end up signing highly prejudicial legal contracts...

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When Addiction & Divorce Collide: Divorcing an Addict

Divorce is never a simple choice and a very difficult task for spouses to navigate, especially when substance abuse becomes a factor. Divorcing someone who is struggling with addiction comes with a unique set of challenges...

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Extensión del TPS para Venezolanos

El estatus de protección temporal (TPS) para venezolanos se aprobó el 8 de Marzo de 2021 y entro en vigencia el 9 de Marzo de 2021; la fecha límite para presenta la solicitud es el 5 de Septiembre de 2021. El secretario del Departamento de Seguridad...

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Will Bankruptcy Ruin My Credit?

It is a common misconception that a bankruptcy filing will lead to incurable financial ruin. In fact, a bankruptcy filing can provide the financial relief necessary to rebuild one’s credit. Paying bills on time, using a small amount of your overall available credit,...

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When Is The Right Time To File For Divorce?

Many clients ask us at their initial consultation, “when is the right time for me to file for a divorce?” Like many legal and strategic questions, the answer is, “it depends”. From a legal perspective there are some bad times to file for divorce. If you are the spouse...

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¿Qué es el permiso de trabajo?

En los Estados Unidos, el permiso de trabajo se conoce como “work permit” o tarjeta EAD(Employment Authorization Card). Los empleadores de los Estados Unidos deben asegurarse deque todos sus empleados, independientementede su ciudadanía u origen nacional,...

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¿Qué es el TPS?

El estatus de protección temporal (TPS) es un beneficio provisional que permite a personas que ya están en los Estados Unidos, y que provienen de ciertos países con condiciones extraordinarias y peligrosas, a vivir y trabajar legalmente de forma transitoria...

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Premium Process

USCIS is implementing premium processing for certain petitioners who have a pending Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Workers, under the EB-1 and EB-2 classifications. This expansion of premium processing only applies to certain previously filed Form I-140 petitions under an E13 multinational...

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How to Protect Yourself Against Domestic Violence

Florida is a no-fault divorce state, which means no blame is attached to either party when pursuing a divorce. Although a spouse’s domestic violence will not be grounds for the divorce, you may be able to introduce evidence to the Courts of your spouse’s abusive behavior...

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Uniting for Ukraine

On April 21, 2022, President Biden announced Uniting for Ukraine, a new streamlined process to provide Ukrainian citizens who have fled Russia’s unprovoked war of aggression opportunities to come to the United States. This represents a key step toward fulfilling the President’s commitment to...

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The Importance of Estate Planning

Many of us go through life devoting more time to planning a vacation, or even selecting what to have for dinner, than we do thinking about having an estate plan put in place. It is certainly not a fun topic to think about, but without an estate plan, you will not be able to determine who gets everything that...

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¿Me puedo cambiar el nombre legalmente en Florida?

Existen diversas razones para que una persona quiera cambiarse el nombre de forma legal. Puede ser, porque, recientemente ha ocurrido un matrimonio; un divorcio; o simplemente la persona ya no desea ser conocida por su...

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Homestead Exemption - Another Viewpoint

Non-U.S. citizens can get a homestead exemption, but the clock is ticking. As Broward County Property Appraiser, I am proud to represent such a vibrant South Florida community. People come from all over the world to call Broward County home, and our diverse population is what makes Broward County such a...

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Secretary Mayorkas Designates Ukraine for Temporary Protected Status for 18 Months

WASHINGTON — The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the designation of Ukraine for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months. Russia’s premeditated and unprovoked attack on Ukraine has resulted...

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Engagement Rings as a Conditional Gift

So, you’ve been with your significant other for years, and that long-awaited day finally comes. You go on a specially planned romantic date and FINALLY, they get down on their knees, open up that stunning ring box and pop the long-awaited question...

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COVID Vaccination Required for Us Immigration

Air Travel to the United States - Presidential Proclamation 10294 od October 25, 2021, Advancing the Safe Resumption of Global Travel During the COVID-19 Pandemic, effective November 8, 2021, revoked the four prior geographic travel ban restrictions that had limited entry from 33 specific countries...

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Marriage and Minors

Age requirements for marriage, as well as marriage laws in general, vary from state to state. In Florida, the general rule is that you must be 18 years old to get married. This is because the age for consent in Florida is 18, which is the age in which the law deems you to have the mental capacity to make such important decisions...

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WHITE HOUSE ANNOUNCEMENT: Biden-Harris Administration Actions to Attract STEM Talent

The Biden-Harris Administration believes that one of America’s greatest strengths is our ability to attract global talent to strengthen our economy and technological competitiveness, and benefit working people and communities...

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Expediting Employment Authorization Documents And Advance Parole Travel Documents

Five years ago, USCIS routinely took three months to issue employment authorization documents (EADs) and advance parole (AP) travel documents. Prior to the pandemic, USCIS was taking approximately...

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Prenuptial Agreements

Prenuptial Agreements, often called prenups, are a very powerful financial planning tool. Prenuptial agreements are contracts akin to insurance policies with a one-time premium. The prenup can protect your assets and your income in the case of a divorce. But it can also protect your estate plan...

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Why Older Women Face Greater Financial Hardship Than Older Men

Susan Hartt describes herself as an incorrigible optimist, drawn to change and challenge. After a long, successful career in marketing and public relations, she had reason to feel financially confident in her older years...

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Important Announcement on Waivers of the Interview Requirement for Certain Nonimmigrant Visas

The Secretary of State, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, has authorized consular officers through the end of 2022 to waive...

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7 Myths About Divorce With Kids That Parents Should Disregard

The effect of divorce on children is profound. The nature of divorce means that even with kids involved, adult needs are often prioritized before the children’s. And considering nearly half of all American marriages end in...

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Estate Planning for New Families

Bringing a child into the world is one of life’s greatest blessings. With that blessing comes many responsibilities. The first ones that come to mind are feeding, diapering, clothing, and getting the baby to sleep. However, once the new baby starts sleeping through the night...

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The Impact Of Domestic Violence On Children

One of those elements is the presence of domestic violence. In far too many instances, children are exposed to violence in their home, which can have a tremendous impact on them. Here are just some of the ways that exposure to domestic violence can impact your child...

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Relocation in Florida

Sometimes life throws some unexpected curve balls at you, and in a matter of seconds, everything changes. You get the job offer of a lifetime in another state, or even another county. You take a vacation and fall in love with the place, maybe even find the love of your life there...

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Traveling in the US? Be Proactive with Real ID

Any US resident or citizen traveling within the US will need to have a Real ID by May 3, 2023. This is a special verified Driver’s License or Identity Document issued by the DMV. The Real ID Act was introduced in 2005, but the enactment has been stalled by issues with technology and now the pandemic...

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Paternity

My girlfriend and I broke up, and she moved out of our apartment with our 1-year-old daughter. I’m on the birth certificate, but she isn’t letting me see my daughter. I called the police, but they told me there was nothing they could do. Now she’s demanding child support before I can see her...

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Engagement Rings as a Conditional Gift

So, you’ve been with your significant other for years, and that long-awaited day finally comes. You go on a specially planned romantic date and FINALLY, they get down on their knees, open up that stunning ring box and pop the long-awaited question “Will you marry me?” You are shocked, ecstatic, and...

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Equitable Distribution and Your Divorce

Equitable distribution refers to the process of dividing any assets or liabilities that were acquired or incurred during the marriage. Any asset or liability that is marital can be distributed during a divorce; these are considered “marital”. Florida is an equitable distribution state. This means that all marital assets...

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We Are Proud To Be A 211 Broward Community Champion!

211 Broward is a 24-hour comprehensive crisis helpline. They can also be reached by texting your zip code to 898211 or visiting their website to connect with chatting services. The helpline counselors are professional staff members that receive...

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Alimony

Q: I’ve been married for 10 years, and I’ve been a stay-at-home Mom for 8 years. We have 2 children. I My Husband has been the breadwinner in the family our entire marriage, making $180,000 a year. Will I get alimony when I get divorced? If so, how much and for how long? Is that separate from child support?...

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Documents That May Be More Important than Ramen to a College Freshman

When you think about the things a college-bound senior may need for their departure to their school of choice, you would ordinarily consider dorm essentials, books, and possibly a large stash of ramen. However, there are...

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Unique Ideas to Supplement Your Workforce

You cannot go anywhere these days without seeing help wanted signs. In fact, many high-level positions are not being filled. As a longtime immigration attorney, I help companies bring in foreign workers to supplement their US workforce. There are several different types of nonimmigrant visas which can be used to...

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The Fate of DACA

On July 16, 2021, the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas ruled that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA is unlawful. The court granted a permanent injunction of the program and found that the 2021 memorandum creating the program was unlawful. This deals a harsh blow to...

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The Importance of I-9 Compliance
for Companies of Any Size

An I-9 form is a USCIS form which verifies employment eligibility in the US. On the first day of employment for any employee, the employer must provide an I-9 form to the new hire. The employee section of the form must be signed...

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If I Marry An American, Am I Automatically
Legal To Remain In The Us?

While marrying a US citizen may bestow an immigration benefit on you eventually, it is not a done deal once you say, “I do”. There are many considerations that must be discussed with an immigration attorney including the manner...

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How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across A Lifetime

It is very important during a divorce to focus on how the children involved are affected. Make good decisions.

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Opinion: Florida’s New Transgender Sports Ban Nothing To Be Proud Of

CORAL SPRINGS, FL - June is Pride Month, a month when the LGBTQ community celebrates the anniversary of the civil rights movement for LGBTQ equality. This fight for equality began at a gay bar called the Stonewall Inn in...

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Does Your Business Have a Season?

As a longtime resident of South Florida, I have grown up knowing about “our” season. Snowbirds flock to our area from October through April. Therefore, many of our local businesses have a season. Our businesses tend to employ more people for these months and then slow down in the summer or...

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Termination of Parental Rights

State laws (including Florida’s statutes) make it difficult for an adult’s parental rights to be terminated. This does not mean that parental rights are guaranteed, however. In certain cases, courts can terminate a person’s parental rights. These rights include the right to spend time with the child, make...

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Documents That May Be More Important than Ramen to a College Freshman

When you think about the things a college-bound senior may need for their departure to their school of choice, you would ordinarily consider dorm essentials, books, and possibly a large stash of ramen. However, there are...

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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) is a U.S. immigration policy that provides a quasi-legal status and employment authorization to certain individuals unlawfully present in the United States after being brought to the country as children. Individuals may qualify for DACA if they: Were under the age of 31 as...

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How to Protect Yourself Against Domestic Violence

Florida is a no-fault divorce state, which means no blame is attached to either party when pursuing a divorce. Although a spouse’s domestic violence will not be grounds for the divorce, you may be able to introduce evidence to the Courts of your spouse’s abusive behavior. Evidence of domestic violence almost always...

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When Is The Right Time To File For Divorce?

Many clients ask us at their initial consultation, “when is the right time for me to file for a divorce?” Like many legal and strategic questions, the answer is, “it depends”. From a legal perspective there are some bad times to file for divorce. If you are the spouse who is in need of continuing financial support (alimony) from...

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Venezuelans Deemed Eligible for TPS

On March 9, 2021, Venezuela was designated for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months, until September 2022. TPS will enable Venezuelan nationals (and individuals without nationality who last resided in Venezuela) currently residing in the United States to file initial applications for TPS...

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Public Charge Rule Finally Dies

USCIS released a statement on March 9, 2021 stating that they will no longer be pursuing the public charge rule. “The 2019 public charge rule was not in keeping with our nation’s values. It penalized those who access health benefits and other government services available to them..

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Bankruptcy Funds May Be On The Way For Floridians Affected By Opioid Crisis

South Florida is known for its sunny weather, Miami nightlife, and its amusement parks. However, there is one less glamorous industry that Florida – especially Palm Beach County, Florida is known for...

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DHS Secretary Statement on the 2019 Public Charge Rule

Today, DHS Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas announced that the government will no longer defend the 2019 public charge rule as doing so is neither in the public interest nor an efficient use of limited government resources...

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Secretary Mayorkas Designates Venezuela for Temporary Protected Status for 18 Months

WASHINGTON—Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas is designating Venezuela for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months, until September 2022...

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3 Documents You Should Always Carry With You

As an immigration attorney, I am often asked questions like, "Should I carry my green card or social security card around with me?" Well, my go to answer, like any good attorney is that depends! You see, it is not a good practice to carry around any identity documents that could lead to potential identity...

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Custody Disputes During COVID-19

COVID-19 has had a tremendous impact on our society since it arrived with a vengeance in Florida in March 2020. Our lives were transformed almost overnight, and those changes have continued to impact Florida’s families for the past year. Child custody disputes during this pandemic started almost...

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Prenuptial Agreements

Prenuptial Agreements, often called prenups, are a very powerful financial planning tool. Prenuptial agreements are contracts akin to insurance policies with a one-time premium. The prenup can protect your assets and your income in the case of a divorce. But it can also protect your estate plan...

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Proposed Dramatic Changes To Alimony And Time-Sharing Laws In Florida

As the Florida legislature begins its 2021 session, a bill has once again been introduced to radically change Florida’s laws relating to alimony and time-sharing. Forces have been at work for many years trying to end or...

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USCIS Reverts to the 2008 Version of the Naturalization Civics Test

WASHINGTON — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced today it is reverting to the 2008 version of the naturalization civics test beginning March 1, 2021. On Dec. 1, 2020, USCIS implemented a revised..

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The Biden Immigration Policy

On January 20, 2021, President Biden issued several orders on immigration. Some orders take immediate effect while others may take more time to be implemented. If you think these policies affect you, contact a lawyer or legal service provider. Among the changes are: Deferred Action for...

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Is a Will Enough?

To determine whether a Will can accomplish all of your estate planning goals, it is important to understand what a Will can and cannot do. A Will is an estate planning tool that becomes effective upon the death of its creator. A Will is utilized to provide for the distribution of the decedent’s...

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L-1 Intracompany Transfer Visas

An L-1 visa is an intracompany transfer visa. If someone works for an affiliated company abroad for one in the preceding three years, then they would be eligible to be transferred to a related company in the US. They must have worked in a manager, executive or specialized knowledge capacity in...

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Domestic Violence & Your Divorce

Going through a divorce is never easy. This already difficult process becomes even more challenging when domestic violence is involved. The ugliness of domestic violence does not include only physical abuse, but also sexual, emotional, spiritual, economic, as well as the use of threats, isolation...

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) And Parenting Plans/Time-Sharing Agreements: What You Need To Know

The COVID-19 virus took the world by storm and has worked its way into our everyday lives, creating new challenges for co-parenting......

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USCIS Changes Civics Portion
of Naturalization Exam

For all applications for naturalization filed after December 1, 2020, there will be a new civics examination. All other criteria of the process remain the same. An applicant must answer 12 questions correctly out of...

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Will Bankruptcy Ruin My Credit?

It is a common misconception that a bankruptcy filing will lead to incurable financial ruin. In fact, a bankruptcy filing can provide the financial relief necessary to rebuild one’s credit.Paying bills on time, using a small amount of your overall available credit, and having several accounts in good standing for long periods of...

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Estate Planning for Pets

In the age of the Covid-19 Pandemic, pet ownership is on the rise. One thing that many fail to consider is what will happen to their pets in the event of an emergency or their death. While pets are legally considered property, they are clearly more dependent on their owners than let’s say your favorite...

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Public Charge Rule Reinstated

By: Andrea R. Jacobs, Esq.

USCIS announced that it will resume processing the Public Charge provisions which have been enjoined nationwide since a July 29, 2020. The new rule which was promulgated on October 15, 2019 and put into practice on...

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At Brodzki Jacobs, We Treat You Like Family, Only BETTER!

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A Divorce Doesn’t Have to Be a Stressful or
Drawn-Out Process

Ending a marriage can be an emotional event even if it ends in an amicable manner. In some cases, you may let your emotions get the best of you during the divorce process. This can make it harder to come to a settlement in a timely and ...

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Changes to the H1B Status

Recent changes to the H1B status have remained relatively hidden from the public eye with the nation’s focus on the government shutdown. However, the way the H-1B process is changing may affect many businesses and individuals. For foreigners, the H-1B visa program is a way to enter the US and build a new life as it offers a...

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Imputed Income – What That Means for Child Support

Some people will do anything they can to get out of paying a fair amount of child support – including quitting a job. Even if one parent is unemployed, the court may utilize a tool called imputed income to determine how much one parent should...

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