5 Ways to Financially Prepare for Divorce

An old adage says: “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” What follows from this statement is that the reasons to end a marriage vary from couple to couple. However, what is similar for most people who go through a legal dissolution of their relationship is the challenge - and often a struggle - to adjust to “the new normal,” that is, life after a divorce. One of the more Read More

Florida Immigration Law: 3 Possible Deportation Defenses

Receiving a call from a family member or friend telling you they have been arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers and are now facing possible deportation can be one of the most heartbreaking calls you can get. Sadly, dozens of these calls are made every day in the U.S. All of these people have at least two things in common. First, they are scared, shocked, and unsure of their future. Second, Read More

4 Vital Questions to Consider Before You Decide to Adopt

Adoption is a beautiful selfless act of love. For many, it is a way to form or extend a family while at the same time offering warmth, affection, and protection to children who otherwise might never experience these things - things that only a truly loving family and a stable household can guarantee. There is no doubt, that adoption can be a meaningful and enriching experience. However, the decision to adopt should Read More

5 Ways Florida Establishes Paternity

Establishing paternity is an important legal process that guarantees certain rights both to the parents as well as a measure of legal and economic protection to the child itself. It allows the father to officially recognize his child and enjoy full involvement in its upbringing. Paternity is also crucial in securing either custody or visitation rights if the couple doesn’t decide to raise the child together. Read More

Harder to Comply, Easier to Deny – What You Need to Know About New Visa Change Policies

On July 13th, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a policy memorandum with new guidelines regarding issuing a visa application denial. The new guidelines make it both easier for the USCIS officers to deny an application and give them more authority to do so. The USCIS memo is just the latest instance of the current administration’s efforts to deliver on the controversial promise of Read More

Florida Domestic Violence: The Basics of Restraining Orders

In 2016, Florida law enforcement agencies received 105,668 reports of domestic violence. 63,193 of them resulted in arrests. While these numbers may seem staggering, the problem is even more serious at the national level. According to National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), in the U.S. a woman is beaten or assaulted every nine seconds; every minute, 20 people are physically abused by their intimate Read More

Understanding Interstate Relocation Laws

According to research, 17 to 25% of parents relocate within the first two years of a divorce, leaving behind the area where their former spouse may still be living. The reasons for a relocation vary—some move away due to new professional opportunities that have come up in another state; others because of a change in their financial situation; others still may simply feel the need to start anew in another place. Read More

Be Aware: The New Tax Law is Making Divorce With Alimony More Expensive for You

When couples are in the middle of their divorce, the tax implications of the divorce are not usually at the forefront of their minds. However, the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) is changing this in some dramatic and unwelcome ways that may push many couples to speed up their divorce proceedings this year. The major issue deals with taxes on alimony payments. Under the prior tax laws, alimony payments (i.e. the Read More

5 Things Same-Sex Couples Should Consider About U.S. Immigration

Anyone considering immigrating to the United States under the current climate/administration will face many challenges. Same-sex couples and LGBTQ immigrants will face even greater immigration challenges, needless to say. That’s why it’s important to think through the following five things with your partner if you are considering making the United States your new home: 1) Same-sex spouses can petition to bring Read More

Important Issue on the Horizon for Same-Sex Couples: Your Foreign-Born Children May be Denied Citizenship

Like many heterosexual couples, many same-sex couples living in America today are made up of one partner who is a U.S. citizen and a partner who is a citizen of another country. For heterosexual couples living abroad, any child born of the partnership is automatically granted U.S. citizenship because one of the biological parents is a U.S. citizen. As same-sex couples are coming to learn though, this is not the Read More

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