Can immigrants who are abused file for divorce?

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in divorce on Friday, May 26, 2017.

When it comes to ending a marriage, there are many different issues which may come to mind, from child support and custody to alimony and relocating with a child. In Jackson County, Missouri, and in other parts of the U.S., some people may have a particularly difficult time dealing with divorce, such as those who immigrated to the country and have been subjected to domestic violence at the hands of their spouse.

According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, immigrants who are subjected to domestic violence are able to file for a divorce from their spouse without his or her consent. Domestic violence takes different forms and may include abuse that is physical or verbal in nature. If you are suffering because of family violence, you should not be afraid to step forward because of your immigration status.

On top of separating from your spouse, you may be able to gain access to other protections as well. For example, you may be able to gain access to child support, marital property that is divided during divorce as well as restraining orders to keep both you and your children safe.

Any time that intimate partner violence rears its head, victims should immediately try to go over their legal rights and prevent additional harm. Sadly, domestic violence occurs in all sorts of marriages, including those which were formed through someone’s immigration into the United States.

You need to bear in mind that this writeup does not serve as any type of substitute to legal recommendations.

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