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How Is the Coronavirus Impacting Court Cases?

How Is the Coronavirus Impacting Court Cases?

By Rebecca Pirius Courts throughout the country are trying to operate as effectively as they can in the massive wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. With little (if any) historical guidance, courts face the extraordinary challenge of attempting to balance public health and safety with constitutional rights. The Judicial Council of California, which is the policy-making body for the state’s court system, recently reflected on this critical task: The continuous operation of our courts to provide due process and protect the…

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Child Custody and Visitation During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Child Custody and Visitation During the COVID-19 Pandemic

COVID-19 has affected every aspect of life—from school, work, and travel to how we buy groceries and toiletries. Continue reading to learn how this global pandemic might affect custody plans for some families. Medical experts agree that social distancing will help slow the spread of COVID-19. As a result, local and state governments across the U.S. have shut down schools, issued orders to close businesses, and told the public to stay home. As of today’s date, 191 million Americans in…

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“Florida Woman,” and the Reality of Fake Lawyers

“Florida Woman,” and the Reality of Fake Lawyers

Sometimes I feel like a lecturing parent, telling people that before hiring a lawyer they should check references, ask lots of questions, and check the person’s state bar membership. That’s particularly true in the immigration law setting, where a vulnerable population and lack of oversight (or interest) from law enforcement has led to all manner of scams and ripoffs. But then a news report like this one recently out of Tampa comes along. (And further solidifies Florida’s status as the…

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World’s Richest Couple Calls It Quits: Jeff And MacKenzie Bezos Announce Divorce

World’s Richest Couple Calls It Quits: Jeff And MacKenzie Bezos Announce Divorce

On January 9, 2019, Jeff Bezos tweeted that he and his wife MacKenzie were divorcing after a “long period of loving exploration and trial separation.” Since then, the internet has been buzzing with related stories and speculation about how they’ll divide their massive fortune. Despite all the news, we don’t have many legal details yet—neither spouse has filed a divorce petition, and it’s unlikely the case will proceed in a public courthouse, with divorce filings available to the press. Divorces…

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Undocumented Parents in U.S. Face Reality of Possible Separation

Undocumented Parents in U.S. Face Reality of Possible Separation

One of the more popular new articles on Nolo’s website is called “Arrest by ICE: How Can I Arrange to Protect My Child in the Event of Deportation?” The reason is obvious: Statements and order by Trump Administration officials express hostility toward the entire U.S. undocumented population, and recent actions by officers of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) indicate that it has wasted no time in acting upon this new mandate. By way of background, the Obama administration also deported…

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