Q: Preservation of green card after the divorce while the non-US spouse is living abroad.
We've married 3.5 years, no kids. I am a victim of domestic abuse. Can I still file for US citizenship? I plan to reside in my own country to recover from this horrific experience. But I am afraid that I might lose my green card. Also, Am I liable to his debts if the divorce is granted in CA?
A: You have rights as a victim of domestic violence and should pursue citizenship, but I would recommend that you remain within the United States if citizenship is the goal. You are here legally, and should not leave. As for your second question, you need to look at the assets and debts - and yes, you are liable for community property debts. You say "his" debts, but I assume you mean debts your husband incurred during the course of the marriage. Please consult with a lawyer at once to protect your rights.
Justia Ask a Lawyer is a forum for consumers to get answers to basic legal questions. Any information sent through Justia Ask a Lawyer is not secure and is done so on a non-confidential basis only.
The use of this website to ask questions or receive answers does not create an attorney–client relationship between you and Justia, or between you and any attorney who receives your information or responds to your questions, nor is it intended to create such a relationship. Additionally, no responses on this forum constitute legal advice, which must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case. You should not act upon information provided in Justia Ask a Lawyer without seeking professional counsel from an attorney admitted or authorized to practice in your jurisdiction. Justia assumes no responsibility to any person who relies on information contained on or received through this site and disclaims all liability in respect to such information.
Justia cannot guarantee that the information on this website (including any legal information provided by an attorney through this service) is accurate, complete, or up-to-date. While we intend to make every attempt to keep the information on this site current, the owners of and contributors to this site make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to from this site.