Are You Entitled to a Credit If You Overpaid On Your Child Support?

One day your child’s custodial parent says they need more money than what you have been ordered by the court to pay, in order to buy your child some “essential” item.  You agree to pay the extra money, assuming that you will get credit for it at a later date.   While this may seem reasonable, your assumption … More Are You Entitled to a Credit If You Overpaid On Your Child Support?

When Concerns Arise Over the Potential Neglect, Abuse, or Financial Exploitation of an Elderly Family Member, What Can You Do?

Many of us have elderly family members who live with younger relatives or someone else who acts as a caretaker when they reach the point where they need some assistance with daily activities.  Concerns may arise over whether the person acting as caretaker is adequately looking out for the elderly person’s health and wellbeing.  Perhaps … More When Concerns Arise Over the Potential Neglect, Abuse, or Financial Exploitation of an Elderly Family Member, What Can You Do?

Should I accept the severance/separation package from my employer?

You should always consult with an attorney before accepting a severance package from your employer.  Virginia is a right to work state, which means that you can be hired or fired for a good reason, bad reason, or no reason at all unless it is a discriminatory action prohibited by law (or you have an … More Should I accept the severance/separation package from my employer?

Can I get out of my non-compete agreement?

Non-compete agreements are often required by Employers to protect their legitimate business interests. You should contact an employment attorney to discuss the consequences of signing such an agreement.  They often limit your ability to work in your chosen field in a certain geographic area for a certain amount of time.  The agreements may also limit … More Can I get out of my non-compete agreement?

Do I Qualify For Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (“SIJS”)?

Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, or “SIJS”, is a program for alien children who are in the United States who have been abused, abandoned, or neglected by one or both of their parents.  If a child is eligible for this program, that child can apply for a greed card (also known as lawful permanent residency, “LPR”). … More Do I Qualify For Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (“SIJS”)?

What’s the difference between a civil protective order and a criminal protective order?

Protective orders are part of both the civil and criminal sides of the law.  If you have suffered family abuse or other types of abuse, you may want to pursue obtaining a protective order. You should consult with a domestic relations attorney if you are pursuing a protective order.  With an attorney advocating for you, … More What’s the difference between a civil protective order and a criminal protective order?

Can I adjust my status since I am married to a U.S. Citizen?

When an immigrant marries a U.S. Citizen (USC), that alien spouse qualifies as an “immediate relative,” as designated by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS).  Immediate relative status means that you are not subject to a wait period prior to applying for Lawful Permanent Residency or LPR status. There are two methods through … More Can I adjust my status since I am married to a U.S. Citizen?

Will the Recent Supreme Court Ruling on Gay Marriage Have an Impact on your Church?

From a purely legal standpoint, maybe the really important question is whether the Supreme Court has now ruled that the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution has priority over the 1st Amendment? After all, the 5-4 decision in the recent Supreme Court case of Obergefell v. Hodges, which now requires all states to license gay … More Will the Recent Supreme Court Ruling on Gay Marriage Have an Impact on your Church?

Can a child qualify for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) based on a parent being deceased?

In order to qualify for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), the juvenile court must find that reunification with one or both of the immigrant’s parents is not viable due to abuse, neglect, abandonment, or a similar basis found under state law.  But what if a child’s parent is deceased?  Has the child been abused, neglected, … More Can a child qualify for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) based on a parent being deceased?

Should Your Church be Incorporated?

Prior to 2002, churches located in Virginia were not permitted to incorporate.  The Virginia Constitution prohibited the issuance of a corporate charter to “any church or religious denomination.”(Virginia Constitution, Article IV Section 14, as existing prior to January 2007) Though an obvious unconstitutional limitation on religious organizations, it was not until the seminal decision in … More Should Your Church be Incorporated?