I was manipulated into marriage by a cunning foreigner who wanted me only so she could get a green card. No way do I want to support her and her son for the next 15 years!
International marriages are increasingly common, and it is a fact of life that some women and/or men choose to marry Americans strictly for the purpose of gaining legal status in this country.
Even though such practices are widespread, proving that you are a victim of immigration fraud is not such a simple matter, particularly when children are involved. Getting your spouse’s green card revoked and having him or her deported is not a matter that can be resolved in the family court system.
Generally parents are responsible for the financial support, education and healthcare of their children until they reach maturity at age 18 (or if still in high school, high school graduation or 19 years of age). Unless you can prove definitively that the child is not your biological offspring, and/or that any adoption procedure was not conducted in good faith, you have exposure to be ordered to provide child support, health insurance and post-secondary school assistance.
Hirsch Legal, LLC has assisted clients involving issues surrounding “mail-order brides,” green card marriages, and myriad other forms of deception or psychological manipulation that have undermined the foundations of a marriage. Even though we do not internally handle immigration and criminal matters, we can certainly refer you to competent colleagues who do, as those issues may impact the family court proceedings.
Attorney Carmina K. Hirsch (formerly Tessitore) enjoys a well-deserved reputation as one of Connecticut’s top divorce attorneys. Every year, you will find her name on the list of Connecticut’s “Superlawyers” chosen by her peers on the Connecticut bar, and her writings on family law issues have been published by various sources. Hirsch Legal, LLC serves clients throughout Fairfield County. Our Shelton office is within easy driving distance of Stamford, Danbury, Bridgeport and Westport. Call today to make an appointment for a consultation!