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

Paternity for Unwed Fathers Explained

When a child is born to a married woman, the law provides a presumption (assumes) that her husband is the father of the child and he is granted paternity rights automatically. For unwed fathers, however, it is a little more complicated. When you are not married to the child’s mother, you must take certain steps to be legally recognized as your child’s father. Establishing Paternity at the Time of Birth The Read More

Motion for Bond 101

If you or someone you know is an undocumented immigrant the fear of being detained and sent to an immigration detention center is constant. We understand this and know that when you or a loved one gets detained, getting out and reuniting with their family is probably their highest priority. A Bond Motion is the tool used to request an immigrants released from detention. In this blog we will go over some of the basics Read More

Understanding Grandparents’ Rights in Florida

If you’re a grandparent and your child is getting a divorce from their partner, you may be concerned about how this will impact your ability to spend time with and care for your grandchildren. What if the other parent gets full custody and does not want to let your grandchildren spend time with you?  This is the main scenario in which people become concerned about grandparents’ rights. However, we’ve also Read More

Cancellation of Removal Explained

Cancellation of removal is an important deportation defense that may be available to certain immigrants who are facing removal proceedings. If you are an immigrant who can be classified as a non-lawful permanent resident and have received a Notice to Appear (NTA), cancellation of removal may be a valid way for you to avoid deportation, obtain a Green Card, and become a lawful US resident.  However, US immigration Read More

4 Myths and Misconceptions About Florida Divorce

Those who have never been a part of a divorce before often make assumptions that simply aren’t true. Even those who are embarking on a divorce often have unfounded expectations for the divorce proceedings. In this blog post, we’re busting four of the biggest myths surrounding divorce in Florida. 1) If my spouse wronged me in a major way, I’ll get all of our shared assets. You may feel that if your spouse hurt Read More

The Public Charge Rule: How It Could Affect Your Immigration Case

Immigrants and advocates across the United States reacted to a recent DHS decision with outrage and concern. In late 2019, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security made the decision to enforce the long-standing public charge inadmissibility law, a decision that could affect thousands of immigrants seeking to enter the United States lawfully. If you are currently in the United States on a visa or you plan on entering Read More

Separation vs. Annulment vs. Divorce in Florida

When marital problems lead to a situation where the relationship seems beyond repair, many couples start to think about legal measures they can take to break up and dissolve their marital bond. At this point, some individuals may decide that divorce is the only solution they’re willing to consider and pursue while others may not yet be ready or able to take this serious step. Others still may be wondering if, given Read More

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