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Illinois Dream Act LawyerPeople from other countries have multiple different avenues for immigrating to the United States. However, the immigration process can be long and complex, and even if a person follows all of the correct procedures, they and their families may face issues that affect their legal status and their ability to stay in the United States. While many lawmakers and immigration officials have recognized that immigrant children who have grown up in the U.S. deserve protections that will allow them to avoid deportation, the options for many of these “dreamers” are limited. People in these situations can consult with an experienced immigration attorney to determine the steps they can take to continue living in the United States.

Problems Facing “Documented Dreamers”

There are many situations where immigrants come to the United States as children, and when this is the only country they have ever known, forcing them to leave the U.S. and resettle elsewhere may cause extreme hardship for them and their families. Congress has attempted to address this issue through the proposed Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, which would provide qualifying minors with a path to citizenship. While the DREAM Act has not been passed, other programs, such as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), have attempted to address this issue.

While the DREAM Act and related proposals have addressed undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as minors, they have failed to address children who have a legal immigration status. In many cases, “documented dreamers” came to the United States with their families legally, but once they reach the age of 21, their legal status may expire, putting them at risk of deportation.

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Lombard divorce lawyerDivorce is never a walk in the park. However, it does not have to be the dramatic legal battle depicted in television and movies either. Alternative resolution methods offer couples the option of ending the marriage amicably, without the need for traditional litigation. If your divorce case is complex, but you and your spouse want to end your marriage cooperatively, collaborative divorce may be your best option.

The Basics of Divorce Using Collaborative Law

Collaborative divorce is a process through which a divorcing couple works together to resolve divorce issues, including property and debt division, child custody, and spousal maintenance. The spouses do not work against each other, but instead, negotiate divorce issues to reach mutually-agreeable solutions. Each spouse is represented by an attorney who provides legal guidance and advocates on behalf of his or her client during the collaborative process.

A key aspect of the collaborative divorce process is the collaborative team. The spouses and their attorneys may work with one or more professionals who provide additional insight into the advantages and disadvantages of various solutions. For example, if the couple owned multiple rental or vacation properties, they may work with a real estate appraiser who can accurately value the properties and help the couple decide the best way to account for the properties during asset division. If the couple shares a child, they may ask a child specialist to join their collaborative team. The child specialist can help the parents understand the ways various child custody arrangements may affect the child’s wellbeing and assist with developing a strong parenting plan. Couples with complex financial portfolios may work with a financial advisor or accountant. Psychologists, divorce coaches, and many other types of professionals may also be useful during the collaborative divorce process.

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Naperville personal injury lawyerPedestrians are the most vulnerable users of our transportation system. Any accident involving a pedestrian has a higher likelihood of injury. Sadly, pedestrian accidents have been on the rise in recent years, reversing a trend of steadily improving pedestrian safety. Many factors can cause pedestrian accidents, including driver behavior, unsafe infrastructure, and pedestrian behavior. If you have been injured or a loved one has been injured or killed in a pedestrian accident, it is important to be represented by lawyers who will fight to get you the compensation you deserve.

Factors that Contribute to Pedestrian Accidents

Let’s take a look at some of the biggest contributing factors of pedestrian accidents. These include but are not limited to:

  • Alcohol – Alcohol-impaired drivers and pedestrians account for almost half of fatal crashes involving a car and a pedestrian. Alcohol can impair the judgment of both drivers and pedestrians and lead to severe collisions.
  • Dangerous and distracted driving – Driving at a high rate of speed, driving recklessly, and driving while distracted all contribute to accidents. This has been especially true over the past few years and has been a significant factor in increasing pedestrian injuries and fatalities. While it is frequently cited in the news, distracted pedestrians only account for about 2 percent of pedestrian accidents. However, pedestrians should still be aware of their surroundings and pay attention to all traffic.
  • Larger vehicles – Larger vehicles can contribute to more pedestrian accidents and more severe injuries. Pedestrians, especially at crosswalks, can be more difficult to see if they are close to a larger vehicle. Additionally, larger vehicles weigh more and will cause more severe injuries when their drivers hit a pedestrian.
  • Nighttime – More pedestrian accidents occur at night when the visibility of both drivers and pedestrians is impacted.
  • Infrastructure – Many areas suffer from incomplete sidewalk networks and inadequate crosswalks. More pedestrian accidents occur when pedestrians attempt to cross where no safe alternative exists. As mentioned earlier, more accidents also happen at night. More sidewalks, better-designed crossings at more locations, and more complete streetlight networks at high pedestrian activity locations can contribute to a safer environment.
  • Age – Older adults and young children are more frequently victims of pedestrian crashes in the United States than other age groups are.

Contact a Naperville Personal Injury Lawyer

If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, you need a lawyer who will work to get the compensation you deserve. We will fight to get you money to pay for your hospital bills, lost wages from time missed at work and compensation for your pain and suffering. Contact the DuPage County pedestrian injury lawyers at Mevorah & Giglio Law Offices today for your free consultation. Call our office at 630-932-9100.

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Forced Marriage and Immigration

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Illinois immigration lawyerForced marriage means that one or both people have been forced into a marriage that is against their will. The United States considers forced marriage to be a serious human rights abuse and is working domestically and abroad to end the practice. Those who have been or are being forced into marriage are victims. As such, they have not broken any laws of the United States and may be eligible for immigration relief.

What is a Forced Marriage?

When an individual does not have a choice on who they marry or when the marriage takes place, that is a forced marriage. Forced marriages can be accompanied by threats of physical or emotional abuse, deception, or even threats to immigration status. It can happen in any culture and to people from any educational and economic background. In the United States, perpetrators of forced marriage may be charged with crimes including domestic violence, assault, kidnapping, child abuse if the victim is underage, rape, threats of violence, and other charges.

Differences Between a Forced Marriage and an Arranged Marriage

An arranged marriage, when families play a role in selecting marriage partners, is not the same as a forced marriage. In an arranged marriage, both parties are allowed to choose if and when they want to get married. In a forced marriage, not only are the partners selected by the families, but they have no choice on whether or when to marry.

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Illinois immigration lawyerOnce foreign students who are studying in the United States are nearing their graduation or the end of their visa time, they may start seeking the opportunity to become fully employed here. Also, if they have desirable skills, employers may seek them out and offer them employment. If you are a foreign national who would like to apply for an Adjustment of Status to your visa based on employment, there are certain requirements that must be met for the application to be approved. Our experienced legal team can help you and your potential employer navigate the process.

Requirements to Adjust Your Visa to Employment-Based Status

In order to be eligible to change from a student visa to work-related visa, there are many requirements that must be met. These include the following:

  • You must be physically present here in the United States.
  • You must be here on a legal visa, including a student visa or temporary H1B visa.
  • Your potential employer must be located in the United States.
  • The position being offered must be full-time and on a permanent, not temporary basis.
  • You must meet the minimum educational requirements or the vocational requirements of the position.
  • The employer must certify with the U.S. Department of Labor that no American workers are qualified or available to fill the position.

If you meet these criteria, your application may go forward. Applicants are prioritized in the following order:

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