October 28

Immigration representation in Punjabi and Hindi

Mr. Saluja is fluent in Punjabi and has a conversational command of Hindi as well.

“Rúguǒ nǐ de yímín wèntí shèjí zhōngwén (pǔtōnghuà),Saluja lǜshī shìwù suǒ xiànzài yǒu fǎngwèn quánxiàn yījiā lǜshī shìwù suǒ de liánxì lái huòdé liúlì de fānyì fúwù. Qǐng liánxì wǒmen de bànshì chù liǎojiě gèng duō xìnxī.”

June 23

Split Decision on Immigration

United States v. Texas
579 U.S. _____(2016)

Today, June 23, 2016, the Supreme Court of the United States could not reach a majority for or against President Obama’s plan to defer deportation for millions. The split 4-4 decision means that the Court of Appeal ruling would stand. Therefore, undocumented immigrants in the United States are effectively in limbo.

Saluja Law is disappointed with the ruling.

For more information, here is a story from NBC News.

April 12

Child Support Guidelines in West Virginia

During and after divorce, one of the most common concerns that West Virginia parents have is how child support will be determined and set forth in the final decree and parenting plan. Often, parents are concerned that child support will be unfair or unenforceable. Fortunately, West Virginia has laws and guidelines in place to help prevent unfair child support orders, and also to ensure that child support orders are followed.

West Virginia’s Child Support Guidelines

Read on to learn about the basic child support guidelines in West Virginia, as well as how these guidelines commonly affect couples seeking divorce, or who are already divorced.

Both Parents are Responsible – It is a common misconception that after divorce, only one parent is responsible for the physical and financial well-being of the child or children. In West Virginia, it is assumed that both parents will continue to care for children of the marriage. Child support guidelines are established to help ensure that child support orders are fair to each parent.

Determining Child Support Amounts – Child support will be determined after the court factors in the income of each parent, as well as the number of children to be supported. These guidelines are the same for parents who are married or unmarried, until the time that the child reaches 18 years of age, graduates from high school, or in the event of a physical or mental disability.

Child Support does not Equal Only Support – Child support guidelines establish a base figure that is a percentage of the total income of the couple. Depending on the amount of each party’s individual income, that percentage will then be divided into two parts, though they likely will not be equal. In most cases, the parent who makes more income will pay a higher percentage of child support than the other parent. That does not mean that the parent with more income will pay the full child support amount to the other parent, but that he or she will pay the higher of the two percentages of the child support order. For example, if child support guidelines establish $400 for child support, then that is the amount that will be divided into two parts based on the parental income. Therefore, one parent may be ordered to cover 60 percent, while the other is ordered to cover 40. In such cases, the parent who has primary physical custody will receive a monthly payment of $160 from the other parent, and will be expected to cover the remaining $240.

Modification – Another common misconception is that once child support is ordered, it cannot be modified to match changing life circumstances. West Virginia child support guidelines allows parents the ability to file a petition of modification if it is proven that either parent’s situation has changed, or the needs of the child has changed. In order to determine if modification will be allowed, the court will consider any special needs, additional educational or medical expenses, long-distance cost of visitation, additional child support orders, and whether the modification will result in either parent falling below the poverty line.

Enforcement – Enforcement of child support orders is taken seriously in West Virginia. The Bureau of Child Support Enforcement is the governing agency that ensures that child support orders are maintained. It is important that any parent paying or receiving child support maintain clear records and document any changes in personal circumstances.

April 12

Common Causes of Automobile Accidents

Every year across the United States, millions of dollars and lives are lost due to automobile accidents. Unfortunately, many of the accidents that cause this damage are needless and preventable. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), since the recording of the first automobile accident in 1896, more than 25-million people have died due accidents involving automobiles. This startling statistic represents the nearly 1.2-million people who die in the U.S. every year. What is even more disconcerting is the fact that the WHO believes that this figure could increase by as much as 65 percent over the next six years.

While it is true that no one can guarantee that they will not be in an automobile accident, there are certain factors and situations that West Virginia motorists can remember that may lessen the chance of being involved in an unfortunate accident. Being aware of the common causes of automobile accidents is the first step toward operating automobiles safety and within legal guidelines.

The most common causes of automobile accidents are:

Distracted Driving – According to the American Automobile Association, distracted driving accounts for between 25 and 50 percent of all accidents. The most common distractions include eating, mobile device use, paying attention to children or other passengers, rubbernecking at accident scenes or roadside events, adjusting controls inside the vehicle, and reading. Distracted driving is needless and should be prevented at all costs. Choosing to drive while distracted is choosing to be negligent, which could result in serious injuries, loss of life, and expensive property damages.

Drowsy Driving – Driver fatigue, also known as drowsy driving, is another common cause of automobile accidents. Drowsy driving accounts for more than 100,000 accidents in the U.S. every year. Like distracted driving, drowsy driving is negligent and should be avoided. Individuals who must drive during the overnight hours should take regularly scheduled breaks, be willing to pull over to nap, never consume alcohol, and share the driving responsibility with another driver.

Impaired Driving – Driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs is one of the most commonly injurious or fatal causes of automobile accidents in the U.S. In fact, estimates indicate that tens of thousands of individuals die in the U.S. every year in automobile accidents caused by impairment. West Virginia motorists should avoid operating a vehicle after even one drink of alcohol, or one dose of a medication that may cause drowsiness.

Speeding – In today’s fast-paced society, speeding is a common occurrence. Unfortunately, speeding is not only dangerous in and of itself; it also contributes to the possibility that a collision or crash will be more catastrophic.

Aggressive Driving – Aggressive driving, also known as “road rage,” is another common cause of automobile accidents. Aggressive driving includes numerous behaviors including tailgating, verbal or physical assaults, deliberately creating challenges for other drivers, failing to yield to right of way or traffic signals, and others.

Weather Conditions – While weather conditions are not on their own negligent, West Virginia motorists are tasked with upholding the law and driving in a way that is appropriate for conditions. Motorists driving in rain, ice, snow, or fog should be cautious, slow down, and be aware of their surroundings.