Read Family Law updates, news, and legal commentary from leading lawyers and law firms:
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How long will it take for my divorce to be final and how much will it cost?
What is spousal maintenance and how is it determined in Arizona?
Protecting Separate Property in Arizona: Basic Principles
How Can I Make the Most Out of the First Meeting?
Can I appeal my divorce case?
Civilized Divorce through Mediation
Yours, Mine and Ours (not yet!): An Update on the Patentability of Human Genes
Same-Sex Marriage Cases in 90 Seconds
Tom Cruise's Divorce Lawyer: Money Motivates Quick Settlements
Allen Matkins Sponsors CASA Hispanic Advisory Council Art Workshop for Kids
On November 5, the Illinois legislature voted to pass legislation that legalizes same-sex marriage in Illinois. Gov. Pat Quinn plans to sign the bill into law on November 20, 2013, and effective June 1, 2014, same-sex couples...more
The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (“ENDA”) passed the United States Senate on November 7, 2013, but is expected to languish and fail in the House. However, even if ENDA fails, this does not mean that employers need not...more
An interview with a U.S. Customs and Immigration Services official is a critical part of the marriage-based green card application process. The USCIS considers the interview to be an opportunity to confirm that the...more
A California professor was one of the first binational couples to have their marriage recognized by federal immigration officials. Although Tom Knutson and his partner Phan Datthuyawat have been together for more than 20...more
In any context, abuse and abandonment is a heartbreaking experience for the children and families it affects. While therapy and psychological treatment may help begin to heal the wounds abuse leaves behind, undocumented...more
The P-1A visa category is reserved for those “internationally recognized” individual athletes or teams that seek to enter the United States temporarily for the sole purpose of performing in a competition, event, or...more
On June 26, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in U.S. v. Windsor that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”), which defined “marriage” as strictly between opposite-sex couples and “spouse” as referring only to a...more
Part of the driver license application process in Florida involves proving lawful status in the U.S. There are many documents or sets of documents an applicant can provide to the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to...more
There are a number of ways that a U.S. citizen or permanent resident can bring family members into the country. The Chicago immigration lawyers at Shapiro Law Group help families stay together through a wide variety of...more
Among the repercussions of a recent Supreme Court decision that overturned the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defined marriage as the union of a man and woman, are a number of changes in current U.S. immigration law....more
Online registration for the DV 2015 lottery will begin on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) and conclude on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). See the...more
There is no significant movement in cutoff dates in the employment-based categories; spouses and children of permanent resident family-based sponsors no longer remain current.
The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has...more
On August 23, 2013, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) issued a Directive providing for the facilitation of parental interests in the course of civil immigration enforcement activities....more
Each month the Department of State issues a bulletin summarizing the availability of immigrant numbers for the upcoming month, and its September Visa Bulletin continues August’s trend with more good news....more
As we recently reported, the U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled in the case of U.S. v. Windsor that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional, and President Obama subsequently directed federal government...more
By now, most of our readers are familiar with the Supreme Court’s decision eliminating the Federal government’s ability to define marriage as that between “one man and one woman” from the Defense of Marriage Act or “DOMA”....more
With the Supreme Court's decision on the constitutionality of part of the Defense of Marriage Act, P.L. 104-199 (DOMA), Edith Windsor, the plaintiff, joins the likes of Beulah Crane (Crane, 331 U.S 1 (1947)), Mary Archer...more
The U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) has continued to issue guidance on same-sex visa petitions since the Supreme Court’s holding in United States v. Windsor, which invalidated portions of the Defense of...more
On June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court held that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional. Following that decision, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will approve...more
Does marriage fraud happen in the marriage, or at the wedding?...more
On August 2, 2013, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry issued a formal statement confirming that, effective immediately, when same-sex spouses apply for a non-immigrant dependent visa, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) will...more
Department of State and United States Citizenship and Immigration Services have taken active steps to prepare their agencies to receive applications relating to same-sex couples based on the Windsor decision....more
In United States v. Windsor, 2013 U.S. LEXIS 4921 (2013), the Supreme Court held that section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), denying federal benefits (including immigration benefits) to same-sex couples, is...more
On June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court found Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional, and we reported in our client alert of July 12, 2013 on implementation of the decision by United States Citizenship...more
As almost everyone now knows, on June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court overruled Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). On the immigration front, this means that a U.S. Citizen same-sex spouse who is married to a...more