Hot Topics in Marriage-Based Adjustment of Status

Hot Topics in Marriage-Based Adjustment of Status

Hot Topics in Marriage-Based Adjustment of Status - Recording (CLE Included)
Live Event Date: 8/31/2021
Format Length CLE Eligible
Web Seminar 90 min. Yes

No two marriages look the same, and marriage in general has never been the romanticized 1950’s image that USCIS seems to require. This is even more true as “untraditional” marriages have become increasingly common. The experts on this intermediate to advanced panel will discuss best practices for preparing your clients and how to file for the best chance of success. They also will address what happens when the marriage falls apart, including the affidavit of support obligations and how these are viewed outside of immigration law by family law judges.

Featured Topics

  • Polyamory and Open Relationships
  • Automatic Red Flags: Age, Religious, and Language Differences; and Clients with History of Both Same-Gender and Different-Gender Relationships
  • Name and Gender Markers for Transgender Clients
  • Planning for and Responding to Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Home Visits
  • Clients Who Do Not Live Together
  • Marriages/Divorces by Proxy
  • Indefinite Spousal Support: How Do Immigration Documents Affect Family Law?

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Stanley P. Walker (DL), Fort Walton Beach, FL

Stanley ("Stan") P. Walker is the owner of Southern Star Immigration, PA, with its principal office in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. He is a past chair of the AILA Central FLorida Chapter and has served on numerous national committees involving education and AILA governance. Mr. Walker received his J.D. from Washington and Lee School Of Law (1996).

Scott C. Titshaw, Macon, GA

Scott Titshaw is a professor at Mercer University Law School, where he runs an Immigration Appeals Clinic. He previously practiced immigration law and was chair of AILA’s GA-AL Chapter. Professor Titshaw earned a JD cum laude from the University of Georgia and an LLM magna cum laude from the Universität Hamburg. He clerked for a federal court, served as a legal translator with Germany’s Constitutional Court, and researched EU immigration law as a Fulbright-Schuman fellow.

Laura Ferner, Springdale, AR

Laura Ferner is a partner with Crouch, Harwell, Fryar and Ferner PLLC in Springdale, Arkansas. She represents clients in complex immigration cases. Ms. Ferner currently serves as the Treasurer of the local AILA MidSouth Chapter and has long been active in the association on a local level.

The speaker's/author's views do not necessarily represent the views of AILA, nor do they constitute legal advice or representation. Practice tips provided are based on the speaker's/author's experiences and the current state of the law. Please be sure to conduct legal research and analysis for your unique situation as the law changes quickly and experiences may differ from your own.

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