Gender inequalities in family laws are rampant

June 22, 2009
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The inequities in Costa Rica’s family laws are in large part the fault of men. This is especially true in cases of domestic violence where men now have little or no rights. Women are now in control in this country, and they know it. Some find expeditious ways of making their male companions suffer. Cases […]

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Specter of transparency stalks expat bank accounts

June 8, 2009
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The transparency phantom stalking clients back in 2005 was not as obvious as he is today. Now, Costa Rica is on its knees in front of the world, pleading for forgiveness for its tax haven practices and wanting to change. The country seeks to send a strong signal to the world it has done so. […]

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Costa Rica simply is not a foreign worker’s paradise

May 25, 2009
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Costa Rica is labeled a paradise by many sources on the Internet: by visitors who describe their great trips in online blogs, by travel websites trying to entice tourists to visit and websites offering general information about Costa Rica’s nature, history, culture, and the like. Too many — especially young people — take the bait […]

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Validating child’s citizenship easier than for spouse

May 11, 2009
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Many expats who have built families with a Costa Rican want to get their natural or adopted offspring a U.S passport. Some believe that since they are U.S. citizens, the right to pass on U.S. citizenship is automatic. It is not. However, it does not need to be a daunting task either. Whether expats are […]

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Expat’s guide for bringing foreign spouse to U.S.

April 27, 2009
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Most people have heard the Costa Rican dream story. A tourist comes for vacation, falls in love with Costa Rica and/or a Costa Rican, goes back home and sells everything or ships it down here to become an expat. This usually applies more to men than to women. In many cases older men find younger […]

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Some changes are afoot at data reporting agencies

April 13, 2009
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A few years ago, data reporting was new to Costa Rica. The major players in the market were Datum.net, Cero Riesgo S.A., Protectora de Crédito Comercial S.A. and Trans Union Costa Rica. Today, the same companies are still in the market. What is interesting is the increasing role they play in providing credit, localization and […]

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Judges are above the law, Sala IV seems to decide

March 30, 2009
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The judge won. He said his decisions were not open to question. The Sala IV (Supreme Court) of Costa Rica agreed. A judge can decide anything they deem appropriate in a given case, and it is not up for discussion. The Office of Judicial Inspections have been ordered not to question the judges’ final word […]

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