In divorce proceedings, one spouse often seeks to receive alimony or spousal support from the other. What is the difference? Alimony can be provided in a final divorce decree to the spouse with lower income and fewer assets. In contrast, spousal support can be ordered by the Court after a divorce complaint has been Read More

The new U.S. tax law, known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, was approved by Congress on December 20, 2017 and went into effect in January 2018. The focus of the media coverage regarding the tax reforms so far has been related to tax brackets, tax rates and the potential effect of the Read More

The Pennsylvania Superior Court has ruled that illegal drug use by a woman while pregnant could be considered child abuse after the child is born. If a child is born with injuries caused by the mother’s use of drugs, the baby could be defined as an abused child under the Child Protective Services Law Read More

One way for a foreign national to become a lawful permanent resident, and eventually a citizen, is through family-based immigration. US Citizens and lawful permanent residents may file a petition with USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) known as a “Petition for Alien Relative” (I-130) for certain close relatives. Those include spouse, parent, Read More

Anyone convicted of a felony is prohibited from firearms possession but did you know… In Pennsylvania, you can be prohibited from firearms possession if you have been convicted of any of the enumerated offenses found under Title 18, section 6105(b). Additionally, section 6105(c) outlines offenses that prohibit an individual from possessing a firearm, including Read More

On January 6, 2018, the new Public Access Policy rule will go into effect in Pennsylvania to limit the personal information contained in court files accessible to the public. It is likely to have significant impact in family law cases like divorce and custody, where attorneys and individuals representing themselves will be required to Read More

Consider the following scenario: Jacques is a foreign national and is admitted to a university in the United States. He goes to the US consulate in his home country to apply for the visa. After all the paperwork is in order and he is deemed to be admissible to the US, he is granted Read More

On November 20, 2017, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke announced that Temporary Protected Status (TPS) will be ending for approximately 59,000 nationals of Haiti who entered the US following the devastating effects of the 2010 earthquake on the island nation, and must either gain a different legal immigration status or leave by Read More

DACA Recipients and Employers. It has been over a month since the current administration announced that it would be ending President Obama’s executive order known as DACA- or deferred action for childhood arrivals. President Trump has urged Congress to take action with respect to the “dreamers”- those undocumented immigrants who came to the US Read More

A nurse anesthetist student at Bloomsburg University (Bloomsburg) was terminated from the Nurse Anesthetist Program (NAP) for refusing a drug test. The NAP was a partnership between Bloomsburg, a public university and member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, and Geisinger Medical Center (Geisinger), a private hospital. Bloomsburg provided classroom instruction for Read More