Jan
25

How Technology Helps and Hinders Co-Parenting

Parents today are learning how technology can provide a wealth of information about their child while outside of their sight.  Many electronic tools are extremely accessible, such as text and video messages sent instantly over cell phones, FaceTime, social media posts, and even video baby monitors that can be accessed from another room or through an app.  Some tools are more surreptitious, including tracking devices, remote location monitoring, Google glasses, recording “undercover” videos, or even turning on speaker phone when a child is talking to the other parent.  A client who...

Jan
22

Alternatives to Temporary Protected Status

In the past few months the current administration has announced the ending of Temporary Protective Status (TPS) for multiple countries including El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Sudan. If you are losing your TPS, there may be another way for you to obtain status in the United States. A few of these pathways are listed below.

If you entered the U.S. lawfully and have a spouse, parent , or child over 21 who is a United States citizen or permanent resident, you may be able to apply for residency. Individuals with family members meeting these categories may apply for residency within the...
Jan
5

Don't Open the Door to Strangers!

It’s the middle of the night.  You are in bed, maybe asleep, maybe trying to get to sleep.  All of a sudden there is a banging on the door, and shouts of, “Police!  Open!  Police!”  Or maybe there is regular, constant knocking and someone asking, “Anyone home?  Hello?”  Startled, you jump out of bed, go to the door and open it.  Maybe you speak English, maybe you do not.  Two uniformed police officers are at the door and say there has been an accident, they need to see your son, your husband, or your wife.  What do you do?

Police cannot simply come into your house...

Nov
29

Avoiding Immigration Problems with Marijuana Tickets

  In Minnesota, there are many levels of marijuana related criminal charges. The amount of marijuana which a person possesses or sells determines the level of offense. Possession or sale of 42.5 grams or more of marijuana can lead to felony charges. Consequences for felony level marijuana related offenses range from a year and a day to 30 years in prison.

             Less serious marijuana related offenses include petty misdemeanor possession of a small amount of marijuana or misdemeanor possession of marijuana in a motor vehicle. Both possession of a small amount of marijuana and...

Nov
17

TPS In Trump’s Sights?

TPS In Trump’s Sights?

Earlier this month, DHS announced that the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Nicaragua will terminate in 14 months. This means that Nicaraguans on TPS will have until January 5, 2019 to leave the country, apply for another immigration status, or lose immigration status altogether. It is estimated that this will affect about 2,500 people.

DHS also announced that it is considering termination of TPS for Hondurans but, claiming a lack of definitive information on the subject, the designation will be automatically extended for at least another six months....

Oct
6

Adopciones: Preguntas Frecuentes

Frecuentemente recibimos consultas y preguntas sobre adopciones en Wilson Law Group. Una adopción se trata cuando una persona o personas legalmente crean una relación de padre a hijo cuando no hay una relación biológica de padre a hijo. Por ley, un hijo adoptado hereda los mismos derechos, beneficios de seguro social, y la misma protección como los hijos biológicos. Aunque cada familia es diferente, estas son las preguntas frecuentes que recibimos sobre las adopciones.

Puede mi esposo/esposa o pareja adoptar a mi hijo?

Esta es una típica situación que vemos en Wilson Law Group....

Sep
12

Immigration Consequences of a Fifth Degree Possession of a Controlled Substance Charge

A controlled substance charge in and of itself likely means that your noncitizen client has the attention of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”), and that ICE will monitor the proceedings.  ICE may detain your client during the pendency of the criminal case, and the charge alone can cause your client to lose the ability to remain in the United States.  A controlled substance offense subjects a person to mandatory ICE detention with no chance of bond, depending on the facts, and even a favorable criminal outcome may still trigger immigration consequences.

Deportation

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Sep
6

Sessions Rescinds DACA - what next?

On September 5, 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a “wind-down” of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Naturally, many people are questioning what that means, and so we have prepared a brief summary of the DACA rescission information, based on what is currently known.

The DACA program is scheduled to officially end on March 5, 2018. Beginning September 6, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will no longer accept initial DACA requests. This means that if someone has never applied for DACA in the past, they will not be able to apply now....

Jun
18

Minnesota Child Support and Parenting Time: No Guarantees

A common question is: “Since I’m paying child support, I’m automatically entitled to parenting time with my kids, right?” The frustrating answer for many parents is: no; simply paying child support does not automatically grant a parent the right to parenting time with his or her children.

Under Minnesota law, when a child is born to an unmarried mother, the mother automatically has full legal and physical custody of the child. Minn. Stat. § 257.54. Even if the father signs a Recognition of Parentage and is on the birth certificate, this does not grant the father any rights to...

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