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Bankruptcy seems like a scary concept. It certainly carries a heavy stigma within society. But is it the big, bad monster it seems? The answer may surprise you.

In the past, when a borrower could not pay his debts, he and his family had everything stripped away and could even be placed into servitude. As societies evolved, it became clear that placing people into slavery for their inability to pay would not inspire economic growth. What could a nation do to encourage people to continue participating in the economic market while dealing with unpaid debts? The United States found a unique answer… bankruptcy.

Bankruptcy is a process by which individuals, families, and businesses can eliminate or repay some or all of their debts. This process is guided and protected by the federal bankruptcy court. Bankruptcy acts as a means for individuals and businesses to not only reduce or wipe out past debts, but also restructure their finances so that they can start again with a “clean slate”, all while making more financially sound decisions in the future. For this reason, bankruptcy is also known as “debt restructuring”. There are two basic types of bankruptcy: “liquidation” and “reorganization.” For individuals, “liquidation” is considered Chapter 7 Bankruptcy while “reorganization” is Chapter 13 (of Title 11 of the United States Code).

USCIS issues “Parole in Place” for Military family members

On November 15, 2013, USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) issued a policy memorandum to all its field offices regarding the treatment of alien spouses, children and parents of current and veteran members of the U.S. Armed Forces.  The Department of Defense is concerned that active members of U.S. Armed Services and Reserves and those who have previously served face stress and anxiety because of the immigration status of family members in the U.S.  Because immigration issues can affect a service member’s military preparedness when called into duty and the lives of those veterans to whom the U.S. has made a commitment, this memo was issued amending the effect of parole on an alien’s ability to adjust.

The purpose of the memorandum is to ensure that each field office consistently adjudicates parole requests made by above-mentioned aliens who entered without admission or parole with the ultimate goal of “minimiz[ing] periods of family separation, and to facilitate adjustment of status within the U.S. by immigrants who are spouses, parents, and children of military members.”  The memo amends the USCIS Adjudicator’s Field Manual (AFM) concerning the effects of parole on an alien’s inadmissibility under Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) 212(a)(6)(A)(i).

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Divorce is often an emotionally ridden, but sometimes necessary step for a couple. There are many decisions to be contemplated and steps to take in order to get through a divorce as efficiently and pain free as possible. Jeff Landers, a Contributing Writer for Forbes Magazine recently reported on Avvo.com’s ( a legal marketplace)  survey of almost 900 of its users- people seeking legal advice and information as well as more than 400 family law attorneys in order to determine the top concerns and trends  of those seeking a divorce.

Top Concerns and Trends   

Avvo found that cost was the top concern for those seeking divorce when children would not be involved, while custody was the top concern for divorces where children were involved.  It’s no surprise that cost is a concern as according to Avvo, the average divorce cost in the United States has reached over $15,000. CONTACT GORMAN LAW FIRM’S FAMILY LAW TEAM FOR COST EFFICIENT DIVORCE SERVICES.

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