Taking Care of Yourself: 5 Tips for a Happy Post-Divorce Life

Divorce changes your life. You now run your own household and manage your own finances. Your parenting arrangement with your former spouse consists of scheduled pick-ups and drop-offs, which can add more chaos to your already-busy life. If you weren’t working before the divorce, you likely have to now, which creates a new and different situation for you and the children. While you can’t do anything about these Read More

USCIS Changes Form I-751 Interview Waiver Guidance

On November 30th of last year, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a policy memorandum to guide its representatives on when they may waive the interview requirement for Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence. It took effect on December 10th and applies to all applicable petitions received on or after that date. What is a Conditional Permanent Resident? A Read More

A Brief Q&A on Post-Marital Agreements

In the past, pre- and post-marital agreements (also known as postnuptial agreements) were primarily associated with people from high financial backgrounds. Today, couples from virtually all walks of life turn to these agreements for mutual protection in the event of a divorce. While many people have heard of prenuptial agreements, a postnuptial agreement can also be beneficial to newlyweds (and no, there’s no stigma Read More

What You Need to Know About Immediate Relative Immigrant Visas

If you are a U.S citizen and have a close, family member who wants to immigrate to the U.S., an Immediate Relative Immigrant visa may come in handy. The idea is basically to unite family members who are separated by country. Here is everything you need to know about immediate relative immigrant visas.   What are Immediate Relative Immigrant Visas? The immediate relative visa is a type of visa designed Read More

“How Much Will My Family Law Case Cost?”

When it comes to family law matters, there is nothing more important than how you choose your legal representatives. Indeed, it has been proven time and again that investing in a good lawyer can significantly alter the outcome of your case in your favor. As far as investing in a family law case goes, the most common expenses for going through the court process include fees for hiring lawyers, agents, and process Read More

Do You Really Need an Attorney for Immigration?

We get this question a lot and we understand why it is asked. Surely, immigration law is not rocket science and there are lots of instructions on the internet showing anyone how to do this, so why should you have an attorney? We concede that immigration law is not rocket science and yes, there are numerous websites purporting to show how to do your immigration application yourself. However, immigration law is Read More

5 Benefits of Having a Premarital Agreement

Premarital - aka “prenuptial” - agreements are usually only discussed when famous or wealthy people are in the news for an impending divorce. In these cases, the discussion will focus on how much of the fortune one spouse will keep from the other. While this is one purpose of the premarital agreement, these agreements do not deserve their bad reputation. Here’s why: 1) They protect your assets. Couples who are Read More

An Overview of the K-1 Fiance Visa

There are numerous different visas to allow immigrants to enter the United States legally. Today, we’ll talk about the K-1 visa, aka the Fiance Visa. The K-1 visa allows a U.S citizen to bring their future spouse into the country legally provided that the couple weds within 90 days of the fiance(e)’s arrival in the United States. The fiance visa is particularly useful in situations in which the U.S. citizen and Read More

Protect Yourself: A Guide to Domestic Violence Protective Orders in Washington

For most of us, family is everything. Our parents, spouses, siblings, and children love, nourish, and sustain us during good times and bad. Or at least they’re meant to. Sadly, many families are fractured by domestic violence, which is defined as abusive behavior directed by one intimate partner, family member, or cohabitant against another to control them. Such behavior can be: Physical: includes hitting, Read More

What Happens When I Become a Naturalized U.S. Citizen?

Contrary to popular assumption, you do not have to become a naturalized U.S. citizen if you want to live here permanently. Once a lawful permanent resident card (green card) is issued to you, it can be renewed indefinitely. However, millions of immigrants over the years have come to the United States, contributed to its success, and opted to forego green card renewal in order to become American citizens. Once you Read More