Children Born Outside the U.S. May Still Become U.S. Citizens

Almost everyone born in the United States is a U.S. citizen. This core tenet of birthright citizenship was enshrined in the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (1868).  The second way to become a U.S. citizen at birth is to have at least one parent who is a U.S. citizen. This situation often comes up with children of active-duty military personnel. The citizen parent must have also completed certain residency Read More

What is a Guardian Ad Litem in Florida? What Isn’t a Guardian Ad Litem?

With all the characters and professionals involved in a divorce or time-sharing (child custody) proceeding, the purpose of these specific roles can become confusing. An important figure in many family law proceedings is the guardian ad litem. A guardian ad litem’s (GAL) purpose is to advocate for the child’s best interests in court proceedings. A GAL in a case does not play the role of the parties attorney, mediator, Read More

High-Net-Worth Divorces are Just Different

You might think Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos have almost nothing in common with 99.99 percent of U.S. citizens. It’s probably true, but they do have something in common with nearly 50 percent of current and formerly married individuals—they have gone through divorce. Jeff’s divorce with his ex-spouse, MacKenzie Scott, ended with a settlement that made her one of the richest women in the world. As of July 2021, Read More

Supreme Court Decision Potentially Affects Thousands of U.S. Non-Residents

Recently, the U.S Supreme Court ruled, in a 6-3 decision (Niz-Chavez v. Garland), that the Notice to Appear document is INVALID if it does not contain the date and time of the related court hearing. This is, potentially, very good news for a lot of people who are currently facing deportation or who might face deportation sometime soon.  Traditionally, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) sent individuals Read More

Taking the Kids on a Vacation This Summer? Don’t Forget to Let Your Ex Know

2020 was an extremely tough year. If the stress of the pandemic and everything else was the final straw in your marriage, you’re certainly not alone. Right now, you’re probably entering the first summer of your life as a co-parent. And, as you probably know by now, everything is just a little more complicated than it used to be. This summer will be no exception.  With a little planning and a slight mindset shift, Read More

Escape the Horrors of Litigation By Embracing Mediation

Okay — having to litigate your divorce is far from the worst thing you’ll ever have to do. In fact, it’s the best way for many spouses to permanently and legally end their marriage. Plenty of other spouses, though, should strongly consider using mediation for their dissolution of marriage (Florida’s legal term for divorce).  When you choose to mediate, you and your spouse agree to meet with a neutral third party. Read More

Great News! Registration for Temporary Protected Status Now Open for Venezuelan Nationals

As of March 9, 2021, eligible Venezuelan nationals and those who were previously habitually residing in Venezuela may apply for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) in the U.S.  Successful applicants will be allowed to lawfully reside in the U.S. until Sept. 9, 2022.  What is TPS? Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is a legal status for individuals from certain countries to temporarily stay in the U.S. Those under Read More

What a New Administration Means for Immigrants and U.S. Noncitizens

If you’ve been paying attention to current events, it’s been hard not to notice Washington, D.C.’s focus on immigration reform. In his first week in office, President Biden signed a number of executive actions relating to immigration policies. Additional President Biden made a push for Congress to tackle immigration reform by sending Congress a proposed comprehensive immigration bill.  First-Week Executive Orders Read More

How Your Immigration Status Affects Time Sharing (Child Custody)

Making the decision to divorce your spouse and going through with the process is — without question — a major life event. The stress and intense emotions you experience might be compounded by either your own immigration status or your spouse’s, not to mention worrying about the fate of your children. Who will they live with? If you are denied time-sharing, will you get a chance to see them before they become Read More

USCIS is Accepting New DACA Applications Once Again

  There has been a flurry of activity surrounding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in the past few weeks. The latest update is that, after a ruling and subsequent order from Senior U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis, USCIS is accepting new applications and work permits for DACA as of Dec. 7, 2020. The order stems from an opinion issued by Judge Garaufis on Nov. 14, which ruled Read More

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