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Child Custody Issues in Dallas

If a divorce involves children, it becomes more about the best interests of the children involved rather than just solving issues between two people. Parents must create a child custody order in their ...
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What Steps Should You Take After A Car Accident in Dallas?

In the time following an auto collision, it is important that you act quickly. If a negligent driver, motorcyclist, trucker or any other individual was the reason for your accident, you may be ...
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What Are the Steps for Pursuing a Divorce in Dallas, TX?

For those seeking to file for a divorce in Texas, it is wise to know the procedure involved before you jump into anything. If you are being served with divorce papers, you should also have a good ...
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18-Month Extension for TPS Haiti

It was announced on August 25 that Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haiti has been extended for another 18 months which will begin January 23, 2016, lasting until July 22, 2017. The extension will ...
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Getting a Job after a DWI

Even after serving possible jail time and fines for a DWI, you can find it difficult to find a job having a conviction on your record, especially if you have a commercial driver's license or if ...
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How can a DWI affect your insurance?

A drunk driving conviction can come with heavy fines and jail time—additionally, you could face much higher monthly premiums for your car insurance since you are considered much more of a risk ...
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Appeals: An Overview

The burden of proof lies with any aggrieved party seeking an appeal. Any error alleged to have been made by a trial court must to be shown to have been considerable; that is, errors which were likely ...
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Federal Register Issues Three New Notices Concerning New Immigration Regulations

The Federal Register, is a daily journal that informs the public of the latest news from federal legislators, government officials, and other legal issues that may pertain to your current situation, ...
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Revised Forms Available for I-864, I-864A, I-864EZ and I-864W

On August 7, 2015, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) just announced several updates to form I- I-864, I-864A, I-864EZ and I-864W. The newest editions have been published ...
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USCIS Offers Immigration Benefits to Those Affected by Typhoon Soudelor

Last week, Typhoon Soudelor devastated the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). President Obama called for aid, declaring the islands a "disaster area," with many citizens ...
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The Criminal Sentencing Phase

Once convicted, a defendant will face the sentencing phase to determine the appropriate punishment. Criminal convictions can result in any of the following penalties: Fines Prison or jail time ...
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TPS Deadline Extended to August 18, 2015, for Sierra Leone, Guinea, & Liberia

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has extended the deadline to register for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to August 18, 2015, from its original date on May 20, 2015. ...
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Texas Gun Laws: An Overview

The state of Texas is well-known for its liberal gun laws. Of note is the fact that Texas does not have a waiting period on purchasing guns, although several types of guns are illegal in the state. ...
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Playing Hooky from School may no Longer be a Crime

A new bill passed both chambers of the Texas legislature on May 27 which would lessen punishment for students who play "hooky." Punishments for unexcused absences would instead be entirely ...
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U.S. Supreme Court Ruling: All States Must Grant Same-Sex Marriages

As of June 26 th, 2015, all states are required to grant and recognize same-sex marriages. In the recent Obergefell v. Hodges case, the United States Supreme Court ruled on a narrow 5-4 vote that ...
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Extended TPS Registration for Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone Nationals

The initial deadline for those nationals from Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone who qualify for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) of May 20 2015 has been extended to August 18 2015 by the Department of ...
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Temporary Protected Status offered to Nepalese Displaced by Earthquake

The April 25 magnitude 7.8 earthquake which rocked Nepal has displaced thousands of Nepalese, leading Jeh Johnson, Secretary of Homeland Security, to assign Nepal as having Temporary Protected Status ...
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Precedent set for filing Amended H-1B Petitions

The USCIS Administrative Appeal Office has handed down guidelines regarding when to file an amended H-1B petition after rendering the Simeio Solutions Decision. This ruling set a precedent for how ...
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Drug Possession with Intent to Distribute

A possession with intent to distribute charge can be parsed to be understood more fully. You can be charged with simple drug possession not only by having drugs on your person or in your home or car, ...
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Employment Authorization for Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses

With the passage of new USCIS regulations, some H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrant visa holders may be eligible to apply for employment authorization from the Department of Homeland Security ...
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Breathalyzer Calibration: How it can Affect Your DWI Charge

Police typically employ a breath analyzer machine to estimate the blood alcohol content (BAC) of a driver suspected of drunk driving. These machines, or breathalyzers, receive a breath sample and ...
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What makes a criminal case vs. a civil case?

Criminal cases are in general for crimes against the state and it is the state who makes up the prosecution. Civil cases are when disputes arise between two private parties, usually individuals ...
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The Difference between Misdemeanors & Felonies

The essential difference between misdemeanors and felonies comes down to the seriousness of the crime and how much jail time a conviction will result in. Both misdemeanors and felonies are more ...
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Emergency Measures Provided by USCIS for Nepali Nationals

The 7.8-magnitude earthquake which shook Nepal to its core on April 25, 2015 has created a crisis for those who were made homeless. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has decided to ...
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Who can Visit the U.S. under the Visa Waiver Program?

If you are wishing to visit the U.S. for business or pleasure and are coming from one of the State Department's list of Visa Waiver Program (VWP) countries, you may be able to obtain a visa waiver ...
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