What Does it Mean to Have ‘Good Moral Character’ in the Eyes of the USCIS?

We know you’re an honest, hard-working individual. Your friends and family know how great you are. Unfortunately, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) needs some substantial proof before they allow you to become the upstanding citizen everyone knows you will (eventually) be. If you’re aiming to become a naturalized U.S. citizen, you must show this to immigration officials by proving you have “good Read More

Enforcing Holiday Time Sharing During the Pandemic

The holidays should be a time filled with family, laughter, and glad tidings. Unfortunately, this is far from the case for thousands of families around the country, especially divorced or separated parents. In fact, the holidays could be a rather contentious period for some because of child custody orders; who gets to spend the most time with the kids? How can one enforce equal time sharing during the most wonderful Read More

Immigration Law Mythbusting: Why The Wrong Help Can Hurt Your Immigration Case

There’s a common misconception that’s prevalent throughout Spanish-speaking immigrant communities, which we would like to address in today’s blog. At the heart of the matter, is the word “notario,” which can refer to an attorney in Spanish and resembles the word “notary” in English. Unfortunately, some ill-intentioned people have used this confusing translation to scam immigrants by leading immigrants to believe Read More

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

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