When spouses are separated by immigration customs, American citizens have the right to file an affidavit of support on behalf of their spouses. This means if you are married to a Mexico native and want to bring her into the United States, you can file an affidavit of support claiming you will take full financial responsibility for your wife when she enters the country so she does not become a burden of the state. This is a valuable filing that can assist an applicant in getting a visa for permanent residency in the United States.
Affidavits of support are court ordered and can be enforced for years into the future. The filer claims he or she will support a family member or spouse so the applicant does not fall below the poverty line. If you divorce your spouse, this does not terminate your responsibility to pay for him or her as a result of the affidavit of support. In fact, the affidavit will not change when the divorce is set. Instead, the person who filed the affidavit on behalf of an immigrant will be required to continue with his or her financial responsibilities concerning the immigrant well into the future.
If you want more information about how an affidavit of support may affect your child support, spousal support or alimony payments, then you need to talk to an attorney right away. With the right lawyer on your side, you may be able to negotiate through this complicated immigration-divorce case and come to a conclusion. The skilled San Fernando divorce lawyers at Cutter & Lax are willing to help you with your case and give you guidance as you navigate through the many aspects of divorce.