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VIRGINIA DIVORCE BLOG: ANNULMENT OF MARRIAGE IN VIRGINIA

In Virginia, Annulment provides parties an opportunity to dissolve one’s marriage if the marriage was invalid or voidable from its inception. In most cases, a marriage in Virginia can only be terminated by a final decree of divorce entered by a court. However, under limited circumstances, a court may grant an annulment as a way [...]

By |February 14th, 2020|Annulment, Virginia Divorce|Comments Off on VIRGINIA DIVORCE BLOG: ANNULMENT OF MARRIAGE IN VIRGINIA

WHAT IS IN THE NEW PUBLIC CHARGE RULE?

The Supreme Court recently lifted a nationwide injunction against the Trump administration’s new Public Charge rules. These new rules go into effect on February 24, 2020. Under the new Public Charge rules, DHS can find an applicant inadmissible, if they would be “more likely than not” to use government assistance. Under the previous rule, only [...]

By |February 7th, 2020|Immigration|Comments Off on WHAT IS IN THE NEW PUBLIC CHARGE RULE?

WHEN CAN YOU CONTINUE TO WORK IF YOUR EAD HAS EXPIRED?

Under what circumstances may an employee continue working, pursuant to the 180 day automatic extension, if their EAD has expired? Regarding the automatic 180 day extension on timely filed EAD renewal applications, assuming that the employee’s application meets the requirements described below, they should be able to continue working after the expiration of their current [...]

By |January 24th, 2020|Immigration|Comments Off on WHEN CAN YOU CONTINUE TO WORK IF YOUR EAD HAS EXPIRED?

HOW SHOULD MY COMPANY HANDLE I-9 COMPLIANCE WHEN WE ACQUIRE ANOTHER COMPANY?

When one company decides to purchase or merge with another company, there are a lot of issues to consider, not the least of which is how to handle the retention of employees for whom Forms I-9 are already on file with the acquired company. First, a decision must be made as to whether the employee [...]

By |January 15th, 2020|I-9 Compliance, Immigration|Comments Off on HOW SHOULD MY COMPANY HANDLE I-9 COMPLIANCE WHEN WE ACQUIRE ANOTHER COMPANY?

WHAT IS A DIVORCE DECREE OR FINAL DECREE OF DIVORCE?

A final decree of divorce is the court’s final order, ruling, or judgment that makes the termination of a marriage official and lays out the ruling of the Court regarding the issues in a Virginia divorce case. The purpose of a final decree of divorce is to provide the parties with their rights and duties [...]

By |January 15th, 2020|Virginia Divorce|Comments Off on WHAT IS A DIVORCE DECREE OR FINAL DECREE OF DIVORCE?

DO GRANDPARENTS HAVE A RIGHT TO VISITATION WITH THEIR GRANDCHILDREN?

In Virginia a third party who is a “person with legitimate interest” may file a petition for custody or visitation of a child. Virginia law defines “person with legitimate interest” broadly to include grandparents, stepparents, former stepparents, blood relatives and family members such as aunts, uncles or adult siblings. Visitation for Grandparents in Virginia: In [...]

By |January 8th, 2020|Grandparent Custody & Visitation, Virginia Custody|Comments Off on DO GRANDPARENTS HAVE A RIGHT TO VISITATION WITH THEIR GRANDCHILDREN?

USCIS Begins Accepting Green Card Applications under Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness

Today, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that it will begin accepting applications to adjust status to lawful permanent resident from certain Liberian nationals under Section 7611 of the National Defense Authorization Act (PDF) for fiscal year 2020, Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness (LRIF), signed into law on Dec. 20, 2019. To be eligible for permanent residence (a [...]

By |December 30th, 2019|Immigration|Comments Off on USCIS Begins Accepting Green Card Applications under Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness

USCIS Resumes Premium Processing

USCIS will resume premium processing on Tuesday, March 12, for all H-1B petitions. If you received a transfer notice for a pending H-1B petition and you are requesting premium processing service, you must submit the premium processing request to the service center now handling your petition. You should also include a copy of the transfer notice with [...]

By |March 18th, 2019|Immigration|Comments Off on USCIS Resumes Premium Processing

Prenuptial Or Premarital Agreements In Virginia: What You Need To Know

If you are considering marriage or getting married soon, you may have contemplated whether or not you should enter into a premarital or a prenuptial agreement with your significant other. Reasons couples may want to enter into a prenuptial agreement, range from wanting to protect existing assets, future assets, income, and inheritance, to protection from [...]

By |March 14th, 2019|Prenuptial Agreement|Comments Off on Prenuptial Or Premarital Agreements In Virginia: What You Need To Know

New Tax Law and Virginia Divorce

Spousal Support and Tax Laws Until Now A spouse may ask for spousal support in a divorce case if they have been married for a substantial amount of time and there is a big difference between the two parties’ income, or if one party does not earn any income. Historically for tax purposes, any spousal [...]

By |March 6th, 2019|spousal support|Comments Off on New Tax Law and Virginia Divorce