Sweeping Changes in Immigration Law

Posted by on May 11, 2018 in Immigration Law | 0 comments

As a political blogger, I am always following the news and other media outlets to see what’s going on with the United States government. The recent political climate has generated serious changes for people of the United States. Of all the political areas that I have been recently following, no area has experienced the drastic changes like the area of immigration.

United States immigration law is controlled by several major laws and court decisions. As a political blogger, my knowledge of the specifics of immigration law was limited. To expand my knowledge, I decided to do a little research. I came across and clear and thorough article.

The article emphasized that understanding of the changes to immigration laws is the best way to put a potential-citizen on the path to citizenship. It then explained two significant changes in immigration law: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Temporary Protected Status (TPS).

DACA is a program that allows some individuals that were brought to the United States illegally as children to potentially defer deportation action and become an eligible worker in the United States. DACA does not provide the path to citizenship, but it is a way to keep individuals in the United States. Research has shown that DACA reduced the number of unauthorized immigrant households living in poverty. However, the article explained that in September 2017, the Trump Administration announced that it would end DACA. However, some active court cases are currently and possibly temporarily keeping the program afloat for eligible individuals. The point of the article concerning DACA was that the program is almost always changing. It is hard to keep up with the changes, but it is important to be aware of the changes to effectively apply for the program.

Temporary Protected Status is a type of immigration relief that is given to individuals from carefully selected countries. A country is determined to be TPS by the Secretary of Homeland Security. If a nation is granted TPS, it is likely unsafe for immigrants to return to the country, or the country is in a state such that it is unable to handle the return of its people. A country is typically given TPS if the following exists: ongoing armed conflict, environmental disaster, epidemic, and other extraordinary circumstances. Basically, individuals in the United States from the TPS country cannot be deported from the United States and may be eligible to work. The article explained how the TPS program has been subject to much scrutiny in the current political climate, and how certain countries have been stripped of their status in the program.

Again, there have been sweeping changes in immigration law. This area of policy seems like it will be under constant transformation. I will try to keep this blog updated with any ongoing developments in this area. Knowledge of these changes is crucial for those adversely affected.

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Domestic Homicide Concerns in Wisconsin

Posted by on Sep 8, 2017 in Criminal Defense | 0 comments

When most people think of the Wisconsin, it’s unlikely that the first thing that comes to mind is crime rates. The state has something of a quiet reputation- it’s more likely to bring to mind cheese, beer, cow-tipping, and football than violent crime. But a recent report conducted by End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin has shown that domestic violence homicides are on the rise. In 2016, according to the report, 73 people were killed in domestic disputes. This is the highest that rate has been since 2000, the year the organization was founded. According to the organization’s statistics, 82% of the murders were committed by men.

According to these Milwaukee criminal defense lawyers, homicides are one of the most difficult crimes out there for police to investigate. Identifying the exact trends that lead to murders can be difficult to do. The organization has noticed several trends among houses where domestic murders are committed, but it’s difficult to definitively say anything based on them. First, they have noticed that the households that have problems with domestic violence are also often having trouble with money. The stress that comes with being unable to support the family financially, and the worries about the future that causes, can often lead people to lash out. Wisconsin especially is a state that has recently struggled with financial issues following the 2008 housing crisis. Many families are still wondering if they’ll ever be able to get back on their feet.

Another major possible risk factor for domestic homicide is gun ownership. In almost all of the cases looked at by the study, a gun was used as the murder weapon. Across the country, households that own guns have been shown to have consistently higher rates of suicide and domestic homicide. Also, in Wisconsin, there are very limited background checks needed for gun ownership. Only certain sales need to be accompanied by a check. And the 48 hour waiting period that was mandatory for buying a gun has also been repealed. Some people in the End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin organization express concerns over the ramifications of this, both for domestic violence and general safety in the state. According to their research, if a survivor of domestic abuse returns to a house with a gun, she is five times more likely to be killed than in a household that is gun-free.

The organization received increased funding from the governor of Wisconsin for its purpose and has been working with law enforcement to predict and prevent instances of abuse. The associate director of the organization, Tony Wilkin Gilbert, says that these homicides most often occur in houses that have a history of repeated disturbances. Often, victims have asked out for help in their situation but been ignored.

This is a complex issue, but it’s also a vital one. We must do everything in our power to protect people who are living in harmful home environment. If someone seems like they may need help, be sure to talk to them. Keep an eye out for signs of abuse. This is a problem that cannot be tolerated.

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Divorce Mediation: This may be the Best Way to End Your Marriage

Posted by on May 29, 2017 in Divorce | 0 comments

Divorce mediation allows you and your soon to be “ex” spouse to make all decisions connected to your divorce, including all divorce-related issues, namely: distribution of properties, assets and debts; child custody; visitation rights; child support or child maintenance; and, alimony or spousal support. This divorce procedure also ensures privacy, a quicker, yet more peaceful settlement, and a cost that is a lot cheaper than litigated divorce, which is the procedure for spouses who cannot reach any agreement.

Mediation or mediated divorce is a process done with the help of a third party mediator that is chosen by the spouses themselves. Regardless of his/her profession (can be a lawyer or anything else), what is important is that this mediator should be highly trained in the process of mediation and is a neutral party.

Though mediation is only an alternative to the traditional court-settled divorce procedure, due to the many advantages it offers, many couples opting for divorce choose it instead of taking their divorce case to a court. This is because, compared to a court-litigated divorce, which: can take up to two years; may cost between $19,000 and $40,000 (depending on how long the procedure will take and the number of issues that need to be resolved); is witnessed by anyone who would like to watch the proceeding; and, wherein all decisions are made by the presiding judge, a mediated divorce may take only up to three months or even less (that is if the spouses decide to meet often to arrive at a settlement fast), costs only between $3,000 and $4,500, is settled privately (between the mediator and the spouses), and allows the spouses to decide on everything. The mediator’s role is only to make sure that personal emotions and sources of conflict which can prolong decision making, are filtered out to keep the spouses’ line of communication free and open, and, that all decisions are reasonable and made freely and willingly.

Legal representation is never necessitated in a mediation process, unlike in litigated divorce; however, consulting with a lawyer may help a spouse a lot in understanding how to negotiate properly and if the final agreement will not compromise his/her future as well as the children’s future.

Divorce proceedings involving formal court hearings and judicial decisions are always immensely costly in time and resources. It is recommended for married couples who are seeking a divorce to consider alternative dispute resolutions before entering their case into the already overcrowded court system. In fact, some Texas counties require that a couple first goes through mediation in an attempt to solve their divorce quicker and with less complexity. Mediation is an often overlooked option that divorcing couples should consider before pursuing litigation as an option.

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The Role of Anxiety in Sexual Dysfunction

Posted by on Feb 21, 2017 in Hypnotherapy | 0 comments

Sexual dysfunction comes in many forms and can affect any gender and any age in a number of ways. According to the Cleveland Clinic, sexual dysfunction is a problem that can occur at any part of the sexual response cycle, comprised of excitement, plateau, orgasm, and resolution phases, and which inhibits an individual from feeling pleasure during sexual activity. Sexual dysfunction is typically thought to be a uniquely male experience as erectile dysfunction is so heavily publicized, but the Cleveland Clinic further notes that 43 percent of women have some level of sexual dysfunction as opposed to 31 percent of men, showing dysfunction to be a universal issue.

There are a number of treatments for sexual dysfunctions, and the type you receive depends on not only the type of dysfunction, but on its underlying causes. Causes may be physical, biological, or psychological, or a combination of these things. Anxiety is a leading cause of dysfunction among both men and women, and can manifest in a number of sexual issues, physical and mental. Some sexual problems associated with anxiety include performance anxiety, impotence, and lack of vaginal lubrication. For example, according to the University of California at Santa Barbara‘s Sex Info Online, negative emotions like anxiety, guilt, and fear during sexual activity can lead to a lack of vaginal lubrication and other dysfunctions.

Despite the prevalence of anxiety as a factor or concurrence with sexual dysfunction, uprooting it and returning to healthy sexual functioning can be a difficult task. There are number of treatment avenues you can take if you are experiencing sexual problems, such as a primary care physician, OBGYN, urologist, psychiatrist, sex therapist, or hypnotherapist. Hypnotherapy may seem like a dubious treatment option, but as psychologists study and use the practice more, it has become an important treatment avenue for a variety with people with various conditions. Most problems reside in the subconscious mine, and hypnotherapy can help you isolate and treat such issues at the root of their problem. Whether or not you’re comfortable getting help with the aid of hypnosis, if you are experiencing sexual dysfunction, determine if anxiety or something else may be the cause, and get the help you need to return your sex life to the pleasurable activity it’s meant to be.

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Child Support Enforcement Act: How the Law Prioritizes the Welfare of Your Children

Posted by on Oct 14, 2016 in Child Welfare | 0 comments

Anyone who’s been through a divorce will know how easily complicated the whole process can get when there are children involved in the picture. Fortunately, through the Child Support Enforcement Act of 1984, the law is able to ensure their best interests are prioritized after the divorce is finalized.

The main goal of the Child Support Enforcement Act is to guarantee the care and welfare of a divorced couple’s offspring. This is done through the payment of monthly financial obligations, made by one parent to the other party that was awarded by the court with primary custody of the children. These payments are mandated by the law because they are meant to cover the costs for the children’s basic needs like education and health care.

The amount and length of time in which payments are expected to be paid are determined by key considerations such as the age of the children, as well as that of each parent’s, and the family’s current health status. The court also looks at the income of both parents, adjusting the amount that needs to be paid accordingly. In most cases, child support payments are made until the children involved turns of legal age.

There is, of course, an avenue where parents can ask that a modification in their child support agreement be made. Anyone of the parents can ask to have the payments increased or decreased should there be any drastic change in their financial situations. In an event where a non-custodial parent ends up facing sudden unemployment, he or she could pursue to have their child support agreement modified through legal avenues. According to Raleigh child custody lawyers at Marshall & Taylor, other common reasons parents pursue alternations in child support payments include changes in medical status and the amount of care required by the children involved.

It comes as no surprise that going through a divorce is an emotionally stressful situation. It’s clear, however that the situation can become even more fragile when divorcing couples have to figure out how they will continue to share their responsibilities as parents. Often times, in the cross fire, the welfare of the children are overlooked. Thankfully, much of this contention can be hashed out and children can remain the priority in such a difficult situation through options provided by the Child Support Enforcement Act.

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