Lost Your Job? Dealing with Alimony and Child Support Obligations During the Pandemic

Over the last several months, millions of people across the United States have lost their jobs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Losing your job, and the loss of financial stability that comes with this, can have a huge impact on your ability to make court-ordered alimony and/or child support payments. Your ability to pay can also be deeply impacted by reduced hours or lowered wages.  With the stress this Read More

ALERT: USCIS Has Made Big Changes to the Rule on Employment Authorization for Asylum Applicants

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), issued a regulation on June 26, 2020, that will come into effect on August 25, 2020, making it more difficult for persons with pending asylum applications to obtain Work Authorization (work permit). The new rule changes several things as listed below: 1. It will increase the time an asylum applicant has to wait before they can file for a work permit from 150 days to 365 Read More

Bad News for Your Wallet: What You Need to Know About USCIS Fee Increases

UPDATE (October 1, 2020): The USCIS filing fee increase has been enjoined following a lawsuit that was recently filed against the government. Until the case is fully heard in the courts, the increase in fees is being brought to an immediate halt. If you have any questions, please contact us today.   In late 2019, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) proposed to adjust its fee schedule for Read More

Have You Been Served with Divorce Papers? Here is What You Need to do.

Depending on what brought you to this point, being served with divorce papers might be a huge shock or it might be exactly what you expected. Either way, this event should trigger action on your part. What you do now will have great bearing on your ability to protect your rights moving forward. These are the steps you need to take after being served with divorce papers: 1. Read all of the enclosed documents Read More

Good News: Your Divorce Doesn’t Have to Be So Stressful

The Rotella & Hernandez team is excited to announce that Attorney Nora Rotella recently became a Florida Supreme Court certified family law mediator. This means we will be able to serve our clients in a new way that is particularly useful in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. Today in our blog we will be discussing what mediation is and why it’s beneficial to incorporate mediation in family law matters. Mediation Read More

Summary of the Presidential Proclamation Suspending Entry of Immigrants Who Present Risk to the U.S. Labor Market During the Economic Recovery Following the COVID-19 Outbreak

The Proclamation goes into effect on Thursday April 23, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. Who does it affect? An individual seeking to enter the U.S. as an immigrant who on the date the Proclamation comes into effect: Is outside of the U.S.; Does not have a valid immigrant visa; and Does not have a valid official travel document (such as transportation letter, boarding foil, or advanceparole document), or issued on Read More

COVID-19: My Ex Can’t Afford Child Support

Today we are living in a world that just a few weeks to a month or two ago, most of us never would have imagined. As we face our new reality, we rush to put systems in place that will allow us a semblance of normalcy and keep us closer to our routines and order from before. For parents who rely on child support payments from their formal partners, there’s a big question looming: How will coronavirus impact child Read More

VAWA: Not Just for Victims of Physical Abuse

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was created to provide protections for victims of abuse. Along with providing access to helpful services, VAWA also makes it possible for those who have been abused by U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident family members to get their own green cards and stay in the United States legally. There are a couple of things you might not realize about VAWA if you only know it by Read More

Three Tips for Successful Co-Parenting After a Divorce

Many couples with children find that their biggest concern when getting divorced is how it will impact their children. Inevitably, your divorce causes some big changes in your child’s life. Having a strong parenting plan in place can help make the transition smoother, and benefit the whole family’s emotional wellbeing. Read on to discover the Rotella & Hernandez team’s tips for successful co-parenting. Read More

An Introduction to Crimmigration

You may have noticed that you’re hearing the buzzword “crimmigration” more and more lately. But what does this word really mean? In today’s blog post, we’ll explain some of the background of this word, and what it means for immigrants today. Let’s get started. The crim- prefix in crimmigration comes from the word “criminal.” It is combined with the word “immigration” to represent the combining of the criminal law Read More

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