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Alimony, Spousal Support and the Entitlement Defense has been published on Mazza Law Group

In divorce proceedings, one spouse often seeks to receive alimony or spousal support from the other. What is the difference? Alimony can be provided in a final divorce decree to the spouse with lower income and fewer assets. In contrast, spousal support can be ordered by the Court after a divorce co...
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New Tax Laws Impact Alimony has been published on Mazza Law Group

If you are involved in divorce proceedings or thinking about divorcing your spouse, you also need to know that the new tax laws will significantly change the way alimony is treated on your tax returns.
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IS DRUG USE WHILE PREGNANT CONSIDERED CHILD ABUSE? has been published on Mazza Law Group

The Pennsylvania Superior Court has ruled that illegal drug use by a woman while pregnant could be considered child abuse after the child is born. If a child is born with injuries caused by the mother’s use of drugs, the baby could be defined as an abused child under the Child Protective Services ...
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Family-Based Immigration- How long does it take? has been published on Mazza Law Group

One way for a foreign national to become a lawful permanent resident, and eventually a citizen, is through family-based immigration. US Citizens and lawful permanent residents may file a petition with USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) known as a “Petition for Alien Relativ...
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Firearms Possession: Are you a prohibited person? has been published on Mazza Law Group

Anyone convicted of a felony is prohibited from firearms possession but did you know… In Pennsylvania, you can be prohibited from firearms possession if you have been convicted of any of the enumerated offenses found under Title 18, section 6105(b). Additionally, section 6105(c) outlines offenses ...
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PUBLIC ACCESS POLICY – New Restrictions to Protect Privacy has been published on Mazza Law Group

On January 6, 2018, the new Public Access Policy rule will go into effect in Pennsylvania to limit the personal information contained in court files accessible to the public. It is likely to have significant impact in family law cases like divorce and custody, where attorneys and individuals represe...
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International Student: Immigration Consequences of Criminal Charges has been published on Mazza Law Group

Consider the following scenario: Jacques is a foreign national and is admitted to a university in the United States. He goes to the US consulate in his home country to apply for the visa. After all the paperwork is in order and he is deemed to be admissible to the US, he is granted a …
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Immigration Temporary Protected Status Ending for Haitians has been published on Mazza Law Group

On November 20, 2017, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke announced that Temporary Protected Status (TPS) will be ending for approximately 59,000 nationals of Haiti who entered the US following the devastating effects of the 2010 earthquake on the island nation, and must either gain a…
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DACA - What to Do While Awaiting Possible Reform? has been published on Mazza Law Group

DACA, employers and recipients. There may be immigration benefits available which would be discovered after a discussion with an attorney
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DACA - What to Do While Awaiting Possible Reform? has been published on Mazza Law Group

DACA, employers and recipients. There may be immigration benefits available which would be discovered after a discussion with an attorney
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For a president who campaigned on an anti-immigration platform and who spent the past nine months rescinding many of his predecessor’s executive orders and policies, the announcement on September 5 that the Trump administration was ending President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood A...
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Nurse Anesthetist Student terminated for refusing Drug Test in PA has been published on Mazza Law Group

A nurse anesthetist student at Bloomsburg University (Bloomsburg) was terminated from the Nurse Anesthetist Program (NAP) for refusing a drug test. The NAP was a partnership between Bloomsburg, a public university and member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, and Geisinger Medical...
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SCHOOL and LEGAL CUSTODY has been published on Mazza Law Group

It’s back to school time. Does the school know you and your legal rights? If you are divorced or separated, you might be interested in some legal information and reminders to help make the beginning of the school year go smoothly. The information contained in this article is not legal advice, and yo...
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Pennsylvania Supreme Court Decides Right-to-Know Case in Favor of Centre County Resident has been published on Mazza Law Group

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Decides Right-to-Know Case in Favor of Centre County Resident allowing access to police dashcam video.
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Fines/Restitution paid by Defendant ordered returned has been published on Mazza Law Group

Due process requires the return of money paid towards fines, costs and restitution follow a Defendant’s successful appeal where prosecution declines to retry the case. In Nelson v. Colorado, at issue was a Colorado case in which the defendants were convicted, but those convictions were reversed on ...
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