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Normally, clients select their Immigration attorneys only on the basis of their language or their ethnicity. Spanish clients with Immigration problems go to Spanish attorneys; Chinese clients look for the Chinese attorneys, and so on. But language proficiency alone or the ability to fill out USCIS forms is not the best way to select an Immigration attorney.

As an Immigration attorney, I have to admit that Immigration Law is probably one of the most intricate and difficult practices. A practicing Immigration Attorney has to be always attentive to the changes in the body of the law and the decisions of the administrative agencies and federal courts, especially those in his Circuit, in order to serve his clients well. Grandfather clauses, remnants of old legislations, federal decisions and administrative interpretations by the Board of Immigration Appeals may serve as the basis for an immigrant’s application for relief. The clients deserve be aware that Notaries are not attorneys and do not have the type of training and expertise that a lawyer does.

Unlike other courts, Immigration Courts are courts of very limited authority and there are only a few instances where the judges can exercise discretion. Knowledge of the statutes, regulations and practices guiding the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services is essential in order to service the clients.

When a client comes to us with an Immigration problem, we are usually able to assist and guide the client and explain about options may be available for relief.



Pursuant to the Supreme Court Holding that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional, President Obama directed federal departments to ensure the decision and its implication for federal benefits for same-sex legally married couples are implemented swiftly and smoothly. To that end, effective immediately, I have directed U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to review immigration visa petitions filed on behalf of a same-sex spouse in the same manner as those filed on behalf of an opposite-sex spouse.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1: I am a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident in a same-sex marriage to a foreign national. Can I now sponsor my spouse for a family-based immigrant visa?

A1: Yes, you can file the petition. You may file a Form I-130 (and any applicable accompanying application). Your eligibility to petition for your spouse, and your spouse's admissibility as an immigrant at the immigration visa application or adjustment of status stage, will be determined according to applicable immigration law and will not be automatically denied as a result of the same-sex nature of your marriage.

Q2: My spouse and I were married in a U.S. state that recognizes same-sex marriage, but we live in a state that does not. Can I file an immigrant visa petition for my spouse?

A2: Yes, you can file the petition. In evaluating the petition, as a general matter, USCIS looks to the law of the place where the marriage took place when determining whether it is valid for immigration law purposes. That general rule is subject to some limited exceptions under which federal immigration agencies historically have considered the law of the state of residence in addition to the law of the state of celebration of the marriage. Whether those exceptions apply may depend on individual, fact-specific circumstances. If necessary, we may provide further guidance on this question going forward.



Few cases can be as intense and contentious as matrimonial cases when the parties are unable to resolve the economic , familial and support controversies between them. In those cases, the matrimonial court will decide the case if the litigants are unable to come to terms. However, it is important for the parties to fully understand their legal rights at every stage of the proceedings. The counsel and guidance of an attorney is essential.

It is important to note, however, that the majority of cases are resolved by negotiation at some point in time and only a few cases are tried to conclusion as to all issues. At some point or another in the course of a matrimonial litigation, the parties, either by themselves or through their attorneys , have to sit down and conference their case. Towards this goal, the courts have implemented procedures for the financial mediation of the economic issues.


The Courts in New Jersey are quite liberal in awarding judgments of divorce. In our day, the mere testimony of a party to establish the reason for the divorce (the “cause of action”) is legally sufficient to grant the dissolution of the marriage. Some judges even dispense the requirement of producing a certificate as a pre-requirement for the issuance of a final judgement of divorce. So, if you believe that your divorce case is going to have more merit for reason of the culpability of your spouse in the breakdown of the relationship , we have bad news for you: the divorce courts in New Jersey pay little (if any) attention to what lawyers call the “cause of action”.

As a matter of fact, the cause of action is not even considered as the determining factor in awarding custody of children in the State of New Jersey. Recently, our legislature , in order to relax the rules and make easier for the parties to seek a divorce, codified a “cause of action” commonly known as “ irreconcilable differences”. As a result of that relatively new legislation, spouses who want to dissolve their bonds of their marriage can now choose to sue for divorce on the grounds of “irreconcilable differences” if those differences have lasted for more than 6 months prior to the filing of the complaint for divorce.

The controversial parts of the contested divorce disputes usually concern the issue of the children’s custody, parental visitation , child support, equitable distribution of the marital property and support for the financially dependant spouse (alimony).


What normally makes a case hotly contested in the Courts is when the parties have custody and visitation issues and/or financial disputes in reference to support or distribution of property. As to child support issues, the court makes a determination on the amount of child support to be paid by the paying spouse (“the obligor”) based on State Child Support Guidelines. In addition, the Court shall also consider, but not be limited to other factors in deciding the amount of child support to be paid.


Unless the parties can agree, custody of the unemancipated minor children of the marriage is determined by the "best interest of the children standard”. Both parents begin the process with an equal entitlement to parenting rights. There are statutory and other criteria, which Judges are to apply in making custody and parenting determinations.

The Supreme Court in Beck v. Beck, 86 N.J. 480, 485 (1981) has stated that the pertinent statute [N.J.S.A. 2A:34-23] provides courts with broad authorization for custody determinations in divorce proceedings.


Alimony for the parties is based on a number of factors. In N.J.S.A. 2A:34-23(b), New Jersey's alimony Statute provides:
In all actions brought far divorce, divorce from bed and board, or nullity the, court may award one or more of the following types of alimony: permanent alimony; rehabilitative alimony; limited duration alimony or reimbursement alimony to either party. In doing so, the court shall consider, but not be limited to, the personal circunstances of the parties and a number of factors enumerated and governed by statute and case law.



Bankruptcy is the declared inability of a person or organization (known as the debtor) to pay back the debts owed to one or more creditors.

By filing for bankruptcy proceedings, the debtor frees himself from insurmountable debt. The Bankruptcy Court will protect the debtor from his creditors.

The two most common types of bankruptcy filings are:

  • Chapter 7, Bankruptcy. If you are faced with overwhelming debt, a bankruptcy under Chapter 7 may be the answer.  Some of the debts that can be cancelled in a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy will include credit card, bank loans, personal loans, medical bills and others. Should you have any questions, please call the office for an appointment.

  • Chapter 13, Bankruptcy. If you are looking at having to surrender some property under a Chapter 7, you may want to look into the benefits of a Chapter 13.  Under a Chapter 13 bankruptcy, you will be able to keep your property but you have to enter into a payment plan usually lasting between three and five years. To learn more about the requirements of a Chapter 13 bankruptcy and to fully discuss your case, call or visit our office.

Bankruptcy is a complex and confusing area of the law. A person who seeks to file bankruptcy should avail himself or herself of a qualified attorney to obtain competent guidance through the legal process.




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