Florida Immigration Law: 6 Possible Deportation Defenses

Has the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) ordered you to appear in immigration court? If so, don't start packing your bags just yet. Your Notice to Appear (NTA) may state that you are “removable” (or deportable) from the United States, but you still have a chance to avoid deportation. When DHS wants to deport you, it must include the reason in your NTA. The two most common reasons for deportation are criminal Read More

How to Deal with a Belligerent or Uncooperative Spouse During Divorce

Is your soon-to-be ex giving you trouble? Divorce is already challenging enough, but a belligerent spouse can make it even more of a struggle. Whether your spouse argues about the past, keeps dragging out simple issues, or even pits your kids against you, know that there are ways to get through it without kicking up a storm. Here's how to keep your bitter divorce battles at a minimum. 1) Stay calm and Read More

Applying for US Citizenship with a DUI on Your Record

When you're applying for US citizenship, a DUI on your criminal record is not an automatic disqualification. Even so, the DUI may have an impact on the outcome of your application, depending on your circumstances—and the discretion of your immigration officer. The offense will mainly come up as a reflection of your character. How exactly does that work? Applicants looking to become naturalized US citizens must Read More

Investing in America: A Brief Introduction to Investment Visa Options

Like many countries, the United States has a special category of visa available to foreign investors who want to invest in American businesses in exchange for conditional or permanent residency. Investment visa requirements vary from one type to the next, but they enable qualifying foreign nationals to contribute to the U.S. economy and become future citizens. EB-5 Investment Visa This particular visa is called Read More

Simplified Dissolutions: 6 Key Benefits of Signing a Marital Settlement Agreement

If you and your spouse decide to divorce in Florida, you have the option of drafting and signing a Marital Settlement Agreement (MSA), which is a voluntary contract detailing the terms and conditions of your divorce settlement. It covers important separation areas such as: Division of marital assets and debts Child custody and visitation Child support Spousal support Marital Settlement Agreements are Read More

We Have a New Administration, What Now? A Brief Overview of US Immigration Benefits for Individuals Who Identify as LGBTQ

On January 20, 2017, President Elect Donald J. Trump will be sworn in as our nation’s 45th President. Throughout his campaign President Elect Trump bowed to make the deportation of illegal immigrants one of his top priorities. This negative rhetoric towards immigrants has left thousands of immigrants fearful and uncertain about their future in America particularly LGBTQ individuals. We are here to tell you not to Read More

Understanding the Difference Between a Refugee and an Asylee

Refugee status and asylum status are often used interchangeably in immigration-related discussions, mainly because the people making these applications are doing on the basis of the probability of being subjected to persecution based at least one of the five protected grounds (Race, Religion, Nationality, Membership in a particular social group, political opinion). Both refugees and asylees are also required to Read More

What You Need to Know About Florida DUI Laws

When it comes to driving under the influence, or DUI, Florida’s laws are among the toughest in the nation. If you are found guilty, it is a mandatory conviction, meaning that the charges cannot be eliminated from your record. You also face additional penalties, such as loss of your driver’s license, fines, and possibly incarceration. These are two of the many reasons why it is important to fight back against DUI Read More

What Florida Parents Need to Know About Child Support

When child support is mentioned, most people automatically assume it is in the context of a divorce. While this is oftentimes true, child support-related legal disputes can occur in numerous different scenarios outside of a divorce case as well. In most circumstances, Florida requires both lawfully recognized parents to support their children financially, whether they are married or not. When it comes to a dispute Read More

A Brief Overview of US Immigration Benefits for Same-Sex Couples

At one time, the U.S. immigration benefits inherent in marriage were strictly available only to heterosexual couples. That changed in 2013, when the Supreme Court issued its landmark ruling in United States v. Windsor. This widely-acclaimed decision invalidated the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which had previously defined marriage, for all purposes pertaining to federal law, as a legal union between a man and a Read More

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