Joseph Molina Flynn, Esq. Molina Flynn Law Offices Providence.
Divorce is tricky. For most, divorce is a trying time rife with emotions and controversy. In a typical divorce there are several issues to be decided: child custody, support, alimony, division of assets and debts. For some, there are far deeper issues to be considered, including, whether the divorce is valid for purposes of future immigration proceedings.
affords United States citizens the opportunity to confer
immigration benefits on their spouses.
in the United States can often be slow and costly. In Rhode
Island, for example, the process can take several months or
years. Even after the divorce hearing the waiting period
allows for the entry of final judgment only after three (3)
months from the date of the decision.
processes, even those which may seem simple at first glance,
can become complicated when a foreign divorce is involved.
USCIS considers a foreign divorce valid “depend[ing] on
the interpretation of the divorce laws of the foreign country
that granted the divorce and the reciprocity laws in the
state of the United States where the applicant