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BLENDED FAMILY SURIVIAL TIPS FOR HURRICANE and NATURAL DISASTERS

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At The Marin Law Firm, P.A. we want everyone to enjoy the summer without having to worry about what to do when severe weather threatens.  The best way to do that is to prepare now and know what you are going to do in the event of a hurricane.  Planning ahead gives you options and better control over situations that could become chaotic at the last moment if you are not ready. 
Keep in mind how you will contact your children before, during, and after a hurricane or other natural disaster. Being prepared for disasters is a shared parental responsibility.
The following are some steps to create a "Family Plan" for Blended Families for the upcoming hurricane season: Create a family emergency plan.  Sit down with your children and discuss where you would go if you need to leave your home. Be sure to write down everyone's cell phone number - parents, children, families and friends - and put them into your child's phone.Prepare for the storm.  If a…

Blended family and Summer Fun!

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Blended family & Summer Fun!

You and new spouse have decided to make a life together and form a new, blended family that includes children from both of your previous relationships.
Congratulations!!
What lies ahead can be both a rewarding and a challenging experience. It can take a long time for a blended family to begin to feel comfortable and function well together.  In order to make the new blended family work balance must be found to accommodate everyone’s competing interest.
The reality is that along with the great joy and expectation is that your kids or your new spouse’s kids may not be nearly as excited. They’ll likely feel uncertain about the upcoming changes and how they will affect relationships with their natural parents. They’ll also be worried about living with new step-siblings, whom they may not know well, or worse, ones they may not even like. To give yourself the best chance of success, it’s important to start planning how a blended family will function before the m…

PARENTAL INTERFERENCE WITH CHILD CUSTODY: What it is and how to deal with it

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TUG OF WARWhen a parent interferes with the parent-child relationship, so much that the parent unilaterally decides to keep the child away from the other parent, in other words, disrupts the custody rights of the other parent.  Parental interference generally is the term used after a divorce is finalized by the court as a Final Judgement of Dissolution of Marriage or after a paternity action.   In extreme cases, the parent conceals the whereabouts of the child and those actions may lead to criminal charges. 
Interference with custody orders can be a major challenge for parents litigating time sharing schedule and a parenting plan, and in the most extreme cases it may lead to criminal consequences.  Not all custodial interference is a violation of a parenting plan or time  sharing schedule.  If a parent has a reasonable belief that they are protecting the child from danger, or bad weather prevents the child exchange, or an unexpected family emergency, i.e., death of a close relative, ar…

Immigration News - "DACA"

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Deferred action for childhood arrivals, or "DACA"
Who Is Eligible for DACA
Under the new DACA program effective in early 2015, you may apply for deferred action status if you: had not yet turned age 16 when you came to the U.S. to livehave continuously lived (“resided”) in the U.S. since June 15, 2010 up to when you apply (excluding any brief, casual, and innocent departures)were physically present in the U.S. on June 15, 2012, and also at the time you apply for deferred actioneither entered the U.S. without inspection before June 15, 2012, or if you entered with inspection, your lawful immigration status (such as a visa or Temporary Protected Status (TPS)) had expired as of June 15, 2012are either in school now (unless absent for emergency reasons), have graduated or earned a certificate of completion from an accredited high school, have obtained a general education development (GED) certificate, or are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the …

Many Ways of Coming to America

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GUIDING APPLICANTS & EMPLOYERS THROUGH THE PROCESS
Immigrants have always played an important role in the American economy, and American immigration law currently allows a limited number of people every year to qualify for permanent resident status (a green card) based on their employment.

At The Marin Law Firm, P.A., we provide the assistance you need with employment-based immigration.

Back to School

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Back to School: Happy Blended Families This time of year is always full of excitement for the kids, for divorced parents and step-parents, it can also bring with it the anxiety of certain conflict and the complexities of getting back into the school routines. Start the school year by sitting down with your child's teacher or school counselor before the school year starts to explain the family situation without your child present. Afterwards, plan the school year with your ex.

Here are our top Back to School tips for divorced parents,  which we hope will help with this transition in your family.
Planning the school year:Plan the year from September to June. Starting from holidays, school breaks, weekends, etc. Then you have a basic overview of where everyone will be and when. Less confusion leads to less misunderstanding which leads to more clarity. This leads to happier people. Things may change as the year progresses but at least everyone has a general understanding and agreement of …

Divorce and Spousal Abuse: What You Need to Know

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Divorce and Spousal Abuse: What You Need to Know There are two sides to every story. Nowhere is that truer than in domestic violence cases. There are two sides to every story.  Attorney Carmelina Marin is experienced at representing those who seek legal protection for victims of domestic violence, as well as, defend persons accused of domestic violence.   Behind closed doors, or hidden beneath a blanket of silence, domestic violence bruises the lives of millions of people every year– Florida is a no-fault state – that means when a person files divorce papers the only legal reason a person has to give is that the marriage is “irretrievable broken.” However, abuse may come into play when determining equitable distribution of marital assets and liabilities, the award of alimony, and determination of parental responsibility, custody and time sharing. There is no distinction when a person is a victim of domestic violence; man or woman; rich or poor; highly educated or a high scho…