It’s an emotional and stressful situation when you and your spouse decide to file for divorce. Adding into the equation that your divorce will be crossing international borders can pose more complications, making it an even more confusing and daunting scenario. When it comes to filing for an international divorce, it’s essential to understand how the laws work in both countries and how to get the process started effectively to avoid any headaches along the way. Here’s what you need to know.
How to Get The Process Started
The very first step to filing for an international divorce is to enlist the help of an attorney who specializes in international family law. There are many different factors that need to be addressed and any details that are overlooked could cause problems with your international divorce proceedings in the long run. An experienced international divorce attorney can make the process go smoother with the following matters:
- Properly distributing and dividing assets and property
- Child custody
- Parenting plans, timesharing, and visitation with children
- Child support
- Alimony and spousal support
Can Divorce Impact Immigration Status?
If you’ve received a green card through marriage, you are probably concerned about how your divorce will affect your immigration status. This may be a tricky scenario as your immigration status after your divorce will depend on where you are in the immigration process. You’ll need to prove to USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) that your marriage was not fraudulent or a “sham” marriage. Each international divorce situation is unique, so if you are worried about your immigration status, it’s imperative to seek the advice of an international divorce attorney as soon as possible.
Why You Need an International Divorce Attorney
Attempting to settle an international divorce case without an attorney can be detrimental to the outcome of your case — especially without knowledge of jurisdiction and international family law. Your attorney can help you navigate through the process, answer all of your questions, and ease your concerns.
Contact Ilvento Law, P.A. today at (407) 915-3438. With over 20 years of experience, we will help you get through the toughest of international divorce challenges.