What You Need To Know About Alimony

One of the reasons why a divorce can be such a stressful situation is because of the direct and indirect costs of it. You will be paying for legal counseling and the expenses associated with starting a new life. You will likely be doing both with less income than before.  If your spouse was the only one working, then how will you receive money now that the marriage has ended? This can be especially difficult if Read More

Understanding the Deportation Process

The prospect of being deported would frighten anyone. You envision ICE picking you up at home or work due to issues with your status and putting you on the next plane to your country of origin without getting a chance to say goodbye to loved ones here. Although the deportation process is not a pleasant prospect, it’s rarely as sudden or ruthless as the above perception. The reality is that even if ICE puts you in Read More

Ready to Become a U.S. Citizen? Take These 5 Steps

Many lawful permanent residents in the United States eventually decide to apply for citizenship. If this is your situation, congratulations! By becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen, you will receive the right to vote, apply for a U.S. passport, work for the government, and even petition for family members to join you in the United States. At Csépes Law, it has been our privilege to help many clients realize their Read More

How Does Immigration Define Good Moral Character?

When you apply for U.S. citizenship, there are several requirements that you need to meet, one of which is ‘good moral character.’ Of all the citizenship criteria, this one raises the most questions. In general, applicants have to demonstrate good moral character for five years prior to taking the Oath of Allegiance, but how is it defined, especially with regard to your immigration case? In this blog, we’ll review Read More

Marriage-Based Adjustment of Status Q&A

When you are already located in the United States, but do not have legal status, it is sometimes possible to obtain a green card (also known as lawful permanent residency) through a process called adjustment of status. Immigrants can apply for adjustment of status in the categories of family, employment, or refugee. If you are interested in applying for family-based adjustment of status because you married a U.S. Read More

Understanding VAWA Protections

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is a law passed in 1994. Its overall goal is to protect victims of domestic abuse, and one way it does this is by allowing victims to self-petition for status as a lawful permanent resident. Contrary to popular belief, you do not have to be a woman to petition for protection under VAWA, nor do you necessarily need to have been subjected to physical abuse. In today’s post, we’re Read More

Beware: A Notary Public is Not a Lawyer!

There’s a common misconception in immigrant communities causing many to find themselves in sticky situations. In today’s blog post, we’re busting a major myth, explaining how it came to be, and letting you know how you can avoid this issue on your own immigration journey. Firstly, a “notary public” in the United States is not the same as a “notario” in a Spanish-speaking country. A U.S. notary public is qualified to Read More

Do You Need a Prenuptial Agreement?

Despite their usefulness in a variety of situations, there is still a stigma attached to premarital agreements. Many think that the mere mention of the term “prenup” is an implicit admission that the marriage being entered into is doomed. Looking beyond social mores, though, it is clear that premarital agreements can provide a number of benefits to couples. This blog will explore a few of those benefits, along with Read More

Property Division in a New Jersey Divorce

Apart from the issue of child custody, the most contentious part of hashing out any divorce agreement is dividing property between spouses. Commonly, divorcing spouses disagree over who gets the “marital house” in the settlement. Of course, spouses can agree to the terms of the divorce, including the issue of property division, in an uncontested divorce. If you are unable to come to negotiate an agreement with your Read More

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