Bills regarding family law are proposed during state legislative sessions each year. National changes are not as frequent, though some have occurred in recent years. Changes to divorce rules/laws also occur on a regular basis. With all of these legislative happenings, it is important to keep updated, and a family and divorce lawyer makes this much easier.
During the first quarter of 2012, the Department of Homeland Security proposed a rule that would make it easier for illegal immigrants with American citizens in their immediate family to apply for permanent residency. The rule would reduce the amount of time illegal immigrants are separated from their immediate American families while seeking legal resident status. This rule may affect up to one million of the approximate 11 million immigrants illegally residing in the United States.
U.S. President Barack Obama continued to focus on illegal immigration during second quarter 2012. He announced easing of deportation rules for undocumented immigrants under age 30 who were brought to the U.S. prior to age 16 and have resided here for a minimum of five consecutive years. The nearly 800,000 youths can now apply for a two-year, renewable work permit provided that they meet certain criteria.
Several states, including Florida, sought to rewrite state alimony laws in 2012 to better reflect modern marriages and make the alimony system less of a burden on the payer. Florida is just one state seeking to end lifelong alimony and reduce financial stress on payers. Activists say that Florida and several others states favor women unfairly regarding alimony and do not consider their educational level and employment status.
In celebrity divorce and family law news, singing superstar Usher Raymond was granted sole legal custody of his two children with ex-wife Tameka Raymond. The decision was a surprise to many, as Georgia courts typically grant custody to the mother. In the majority of cases, sole custody is only granted when one parent is deemed mentally or physically unfit or due to his or her lifestyle. Courts focus on the best interests of the children when making custody decisions.
It is clear that changes to family and divorce rules/laws will be ongoing. This makes it difficult for the average person to keep up with developments relevant to his or her personal situation. With the help of a family and divorce lawyer, it becomes less time-consuming to stay abreast of legal and administrative ruling changes because the attorney assumes this responsibility.