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Lombard immigration lawyerIf you are a United States citizen and are engaged to marry a foreign national, you may be able to obtain a K-1 immigrant visa for your fiancé. These “fiancé visas” are designed to help Americans legally bring their fiancé to the United States to get married and live together permanently. To obtain a K-1 visa, there are a few requirements you and your fiancé must meet. These requirements are intended to make sure that the intended marriage is not a sham or forced.

Understanding these requirements can help you decide whether this is the best possible route to getting your significant other a U.S. visa or whether there may be a better path. The immigration process can take some time, and it is often not easy. One of our attorneys can help by guiding you through each step of this frequently challenging process.

What Are the Requirements for a K-1 Visa?

To be eligible for a fiancé visa, you and your spouse-to-be must meet all of the following requirements:

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Lombard car crash lawyerA “fender-bender” is a colloquial term for what most people would consider a very minor car accident. The name suggests that no real harm was done except for a dented bumper or wheel well. However, this is not always the case. Even a light bump can potentially cause serious harm to the people inside the vehicle.

People who have suffered an injury in a “minor” car accident often feel that they are struggling to get others to take their injuries seriously. Certainly, the driver who caused the accident and their insurance company are likely to try to downplay your injuries. You might be accused of “faking” or “exaggerating” your very real pain and bodily harm. If this is happening to you, know that a fender-bender is still a car accident, and the responsible driver is still liable for the injuries you actually suffered, not the injuries they think you should have suffered.

Why a Relatively Light Impact Can Cause Serious Harm

It should be fairly obvious that a human is much more vulnerable than a car. Even if the damage to the large chunk of metal you were sitting in is fairly minor, the damage to you might not be. When your car is hit, the force of the collision affects not only the car, but everything and everyone inside it. This commonly forces people’s necks to move suddenly in a way they were not meant to, causing injury.

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Can I Modify My Divorce Decree?

Posted on in Family Law

DuPage County family law attorneyAfter your divorce was finalized, you probably felt a huge amount of relief. The road to a final divorce decree can be long and difficult. The terms of your divorce seemed fair at the time, but now things have changed. It could be that your children’s needs are different, or that your ability to provide for them has changed. People’s personal situations can change drastically after a divorce, making the terms in the divorce order no longer fair or reasonable.

In certain situations, it may be possible to modify an existing divorce decree to reflect a change in circumstances. However, seeking a modification to a divorce decree can be complicated. You will need to work with an attorney who understands the grounds for modification and the process of seeking one.

When Can I Get a Divorce Modification?

Courts are often reluctant to modify an existing divorce decree. Once a divorce is finalized, you will need to prove that you have a very good reason to change the terms. Generally, this means that you will need to show the court that you have experienced a “substantial change in circumstances.” This requirement is likely to be met in situations like:

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DuPage County divorce attorneyNo one deserves to be abused by their spouse. No matter what has happened between you and your spouse, there is never any excuse for your spouse to abuse you. Spousal abuse can take many forms. While domestic violence is the classic form of abuse, there are other ways one spouse might abuse the other. Financial abuse, where one spouse controls all the assets to keep the other dependent is also common. Psychological or emotional abuse can be just as damaging as physical violence. Excessive control is also abuse. For example, if your spouse does not “let you” do things like seeing your friends or forces you to live by their rules, that is also abuse.

Seeking a divorce from an abusive marriage takes a lot of courage. Leaving an abusive marriage is not without risks, however. If you need help getting out of an abusive marriage, Mevorah & Giglio Law Offices will do everything in our power to keep you protected during this time.

Tips for Making a Safe Exit From Your Abusive Marriage

Your safety and the safety of any children involved is always the top priority. While getting out of an abusive marriage can be scary, it is always worth it. Here are a few tips that may help:

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Illinois immigration lawyerLearning that the U.S. visa you or your loved one in another country applied for has been denied can be frustrating. For some, it can even be frightening. You may have an idea of why you were denied, or you may have been blindsided by the denial. Even if your initial application for a visa was denied, there may be steps an attorney can help you take to ultimately get approved.

It is important to understand the reason for your denial in order to potentially overcome any issues and get a visa. What your next steps could look like may depend on the reason for your denial and whether it is temporary or permanent in addition to whether it is waivable. An immigration attorney can help you better understand why you or your loved one was denied and what to do next.

What Are Some Common Reasons U.S. Visa Applicants Get Denied?

There are a few very common reasons that U.S. visa applications are not accepted. Yours is more likely than not among them. Some are temporary and can be overcome. These reasons for denial include:

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