Here’s What You Should Know About Foreign Divorces in California

Divorce is a complicated issue. Not only is it an emotional issue, but it is also a legal and financial one. That said, if you are someone who receive permanent residency in the United States as a foreign national because you married a United States citizen, divorce may also be an immigration matter as well. Please continue reading and reach out to an experienced Los Angeles divorce attorney here at our firm to learn more about foreign divorces and how we can help if you are currently going through one. Here are some of the questions you may have:

Can foreign divorces affect the ability to get a green card?

If you are a foreign national who was about to marry a United States citizen, but you are no longer going to do so, you are probably worried about whether you may face deportation. That said, in many cases, you won’t. For example, if we can prove that your marriage was in good faith and that you would suffer extreme hardship if you are deported (or that you’re leaving your spouse because of extreme cruelty), you may not receive a green card, but you may still have a right to stay here in the United States through a waiver of termination.

What happens if I already got a green card and then got divorced?

If you already received a green card on the basis of marriage to a United States citizen, you may wonder what will happen if you get divorced. Typically, the course of action for a foreign national with permanent residency because of marriage is to file a Form I-751, which will remove the conditions of residence before the date your green card expires. From here, you must demonstrate that your marriage was in good faith, as in, you will have to show that you did not get married only to become a United States citizen. If you can prove that your marriage was in good faith, you should receive permission to continue residing here in the United States. That said, marriage-based immigration is complex issue, which is why you shouldn’t proceed without a competent attorney on your side. Fortunately, you’ve just found that attorney here at our firm. Give us a call today to learn more about what we can do for you.

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Divorce and family law issues are notoriously complicated and personal, which is why you must hire an attorney with years of experience, as well as the compassion and skill needed to handle these sensitive matters. For the qualified, dedicated legal representation you and your family deserve and need, contact Zitser Family Law Group, APC today.

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