Persons who wish to serve in the US military and are not citizens can do so if they are lawful permanent residents (have a green card). Or can they? While the websites for the US military all claim that anyone with a green card is at least eligible to apply to join, the reality is that since October 2017, the active duty military, as well as the reserve units, cannot allow someone who is not a citizen of the US to enlist. The reason for such a policy is that Gen. Anthony Kurta, who has been nominated to be the […]
Discovery is a term used to describe the process that permits each party to obtain evidence related to their case. It usually takes place shortly after a plaintiff files his or her complaint. Maryland rules allow for different forms of discovery. The two most common forms of discovery are Requests for Answers to Interrogatories and Requests for Production of Documents.
Cancellation of Removal Part 3 If a person is battered or subjected to extreme cruelty by a US citizen spouse or parent (or a spouse or parent with a green card), or is the parent of a child who was battered or subject to extreme cruelty, then they may get lawful permanent residence (“green card”) under Section 240A(b)(2) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) through the Immigration Court. They do not need to be separated or living apart from the spouse or parent who is committing the battery or extreme cruelty in order to apply for this form of […]
Some legal terms you’ll want to know! You’ve gotten divorced or filed suit for custody and support, the judge made his or her determination and you received a court order outlining that decision. What happens when one person decides not to listen? What happens if one person loses their job? Circumstances change especially for those families who divorced while their children were young.
A servicemember’s retirement pay is considered marital property. Depending on the length of the marriage and the court’s order, a percentage of the marital portion of the retirement pay is reserved for the former spouse upon the servicemember’s retirement. Due to a recent Supreme Court decision, a former spouse may now lose a significant amount of their awarded percentage of the servicemember’s retirement pay.
A source of worry and concern for many clients involve what to expect when they go to court for their divorce. What will spouse’s attorney ask me? What dirty laundry is going to be aired? What will the judge decide?
There is an increasing volume in the shouts of fear and rage against people having “anchor babies” in the United States. However, does anyone know exactly what that phrase means? It’s a nasty label given to a child born in a country of which the pregnant mother is not a citizen in an effort to provide an immediate way to gain citizenship (or lawful status, at a minimum) for the parent. While that may work in some countries, it is not an option in the US.
A guide to the perplexed When couples get divorced they are required to identify marital property and non-marital property. Many individuals don’t know what makes property marital and therefore, how they may unintentionally make a non-marital asset marital.
A draconian Senate bill aims at overreach to attack immigrants and allies While everyone has been watching the series of tweets since January 20th, Congress has been working quietly to change certain language with the hope of a presidential signature to make them new law. So far, there is no new law in place but the bills being proposed are scary to think about.
An alternative to courts Sometimes costly litigation can be avoided with mediation. Especially in family law related matters, mediation could be key to ensure that the issues involving your family are decided by your family. Mediation is a process of resolving disputes outside of the courtroom. A third-party neutral, often a lawyer or retired judge, will attempt to facilitate fruitful conversations between the parties to find common ground, highlight that ground, and hopefully create an environment which will lend itself to a settlement. An important factor of mediation is that it is not the mediator’s job to create the settlement. […]