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2 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Immigration Law and International Law for California on
Q: What should I do when I want a divorce to a marriage that took place overseas

I am a U.S citizen. I married a Man overseas (Iraq to be specific and he is still overseas). I am back in America and our marriage did not work out and I want a divorce. How would that work and what should I do whether he might decline or accept the divorce. Would it also show that I'm... Read more »

Richard Sternberg
Richard Sternberg answered on May 6, 2018

You may file for divorce in the state in which you reside once you meet the criteria for divorce in that state. Obtaining jurisdiction over your husband in order to resolve property or custody and support issues is a more complex matter. Consult with a family law practitioner in California. You... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support, Employment Law, Immigration Law and International Law for California on
Q: International student on F1 visa who are not earning and dont have ssn in US, are still obliged to pay child support?

I am an international student on F1 visa, don't have SSN and not earning anything in US, I met a random girl and just in a first meeting, she is pregnant, and refuses to abort the child.

Now she is telling me that i have to pay child support as I was intentionally involved in.... Read more »

Richard Sternberg
Richard Sternberg answered on Feb 18, 2018

Sounds like you are sufficiently naive to be scammed, so do the right thing, and get involved with your child. When it arrives, pay for and have an HLA test to prove that it’s yours. Your support obligation usually begins at birth, which is not before the HLA test. If it is your child, your child... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Real Estate Law and International Law for California on
Q: My father wants me to be the Internediator/power of attorney of the apartment he bought in prague, what are my risk?

My father recently bought some apartments in Prague czech republic, I live in the USA and he plans on renting them and moving back and forth to the USA every 6 months or so. The rental agent/company he will hire to manage his properties recommended he use a family member as a intermediator so he... Read more »

Richard Sternberg
Richard Sternberg answered on Feb 9, 2018

It seems that the advice you need is about your responsibilities under Czech law. I haven't seen any Czech lawyers on Justia. If you are asking for your duties under US law, you should have a US lawyer read the agreement and advise.

1 Answer | Asked in International Law and Internet Law for California on
Q: 4 months ago i purchased a customised snap filter for my brother’s wedding. Filter never showed up and no refund.
Richard Sternberg
Richard Sternberg answered on Jan 23, 2018

The retainer will very likely exceed the value of whatever a customized seal filter is. Have you tried charging it back on your credit card? Have you reported it to the web merchant that deals with customer complaints?

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and International Law for California on
Q: Hi. I have a question regarding international divorce. Please refer to the additional information.

I’m a US permanent residence. I live in California. I want to file divorce and my spouse currently lives in her home country and she has never been to USA. We got married in 2007 and we got 2 kids whic is currently living with her. The last couple years our relationship has been escalated and... Read more »

Richard Sternberg
Richard Sternberg answered on Jan 20, 2018

You need to consult with a California lawyer, because jurisdictional questions are different in different states. As to an international perspective and US Constitutional standards, the California court could take jurisdiction over you and over the divorce, because it has you. It cannot take... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and International Law for California on
Q: Would a POA for finances done in California be honored in Mexico?
Sally Bergman
Sally Bergman answered on Jan 7, 2018

I believe only an attorney licensed in Mexico would be qualified to answer this. Some U.S. financial institutions who have branches in Mexico might accept one, depending upon all the circumstances, but generally speaking, I doubt anyone else would accept a California POA.

1 Answer | Asked in Constitutional Law, Federal Crimes, International Law and Municipal Law for California on
Q: I JUST DID...A RESPONSE IS WELCOMED , IF NO RESPONSE THEN SO BE IT...

In Journal of Civil LAW Studies-Translations Preface to the LAWS of the SIETE PARTIDAS WHICH are STILL in FORCE in the STATES,? Etc...In 1769 an the SETTLING OF ALTA CALIFORNIA and SPANISH INSTITUTIONS,PRESIDIOS ('THE ROYAL FORT,SAN DIEGO'),MISSIONS ( Ecclesiastical Laws)And PUEBLOS- LOS... Read more »

Richard Sternberg
Richard Sternberg answered on Dec 28, 2017

I’m not going to take the time for the historical research, but IIRC, California was surrendered to the US by Act of War from Spain at the end of the Spanish-American War. Nothing prior to the conquest counts at International Law unless the victor affirmatively adopts it. Often, the victor adopts... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, International Law, Internet Law and Trademark for California on
Q: would it be legal to someone else' s products on my website and have my site name similar to the product name?

I am planning to make my own website to sell someone else's products, but would it be legal to have the site name similar to the product name? For instance, the product name is Kate, but my site name will be Kate-u.s.a.

I won't use the same logo and font, as well.

I live... Read more »

Julie King
Julie King answered on Dec 2, 2017

The answer is it depends. If the person who owns the product and product name claims trademark rights to the product name and your name is substantially likely to cause confusion in consumers' minds as to who produced the product, then you would be infringing on the other person's... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law, Federal Crimes and International Law for California on
Q: used to be illegal from Mexico twice, returned on my own 11 years ago. Can I marry a us citizen and move to the us?

Had a couple, minor, misdemeanor offenses that I took care of. Never deported. Will my previous illegal status affect coming legally?

Ashley Negrette
Ashley Negrette answered on Oct 24, 2017

Yep! Your case is not a simple case. I recommend having an attorney review your options before you file anything with USCIS.

2 Answers | Asked in International Law and Landlord - Tenant for California on
Q: Hi, we are international students doing our masters in SAN FRANCISCO. We have a problem with our ex-tenant about deposit

We are 5 members on the lease and all are international students. This is about a tenant who has stayed at our house for one semester. At the time he moved in, we took $500 as security deposit. We informed him that if he is willing to leave he has to give 1 month notice. We also told him that If he... Read more »

Richard Sternberg
Richard Sternberg answered on Jun 30, 2017

Yes, I can help you by telling you what to do in this situation: Get a qualified lawyer who practices L&T law in your county in California. Town ordinances are very significant in establishing L&T law in California, and I'm told you REALLY need a lawyer if the part of California you... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in International Law and Immigration Law for California on
Q: Can i cross the San Diego/ San Clemente internal checkpoints with DACA?

I am travleing to San Diego next week for a few days. I am aware of the multiple internal checkpoints and questioning about my pass. Will i have any issues if i am Actively protected under DACA? I have an EAD and an active CA drivers license.

Louis George Fazzi
Louis George Fazzi answered on May 31, 2017

Take the train, Amtrak from Los Angeles to San Diego. If you're in Orange County, you can board in Fullerton, Anaheim and a number of other locations along the route. Google Amtrak and look for LA to San Diego. It's the best way to go, very comfortable and you won't have to worry... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Education Law, International Law and Juvenile Law for California on
Q: Can an international underage student live alone and pay his own rent in California, while in high school?

I am 16, turning 17 in August (before the start of my next school year).

Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on May 13, 2017

You may need to file for emancipation, otherwise your parents may face neglect charges. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in International Law for California on
Q: How do I sue someone in another country?
Richard Sternberg
Richard Sternberg answered on May 12, 2017

If you are asking how to bring a suit in a foreign country, you retain a lawyer in the appropriate country. If you are asking how you sue someone who lives in a foreign country in a US federal or state court, you review the facts establishing jurisdiction with a lawyer licensed to practice in the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law and International Law for California on
Q: Filing I-130 & I-485 I'm married to a Chinese woman who is here on a traveling visa but it has exspired. What to do?
Kyndra Mulder
Kyndra Mulder answered on Apr 2, 2017

File the I-130 and the I-485 for your wife as you state in your facts. Your wife is forgiven the overstay because she is adjusting through you - an immediate relative assuming you are a USC.

Recently the USCIS is questioning the motive of persons who marry after overstaying their visa....
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1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law, Civil Litigation, Civil Rights and International Law for California on
Q: If I marry my Mexican fiance on the cross border express bridge in Tijuana Mexico is the marriage valid in the US

Or valid in California. How do I do it if valid.

Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Mar 17, 2017

A marriage in any other country is usually valid in the USA, with few exceptions based on international law and public policy (e.g., child brides, bigamy, etc.). More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Business Law and International Law for California on
Q: What contracts are needed to be in place between US (California) distributor with a European Manufacturer?

What contracts would need to be in place for a distributor of a specific product here in the US with a European manufacturer?

Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Feb 13, 2017

There are too many options. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Immigration Law, Tax Law and International Law for California on
Q: If I have an affiliate working out of country in Mexico and I am US based do I need her to fill out a w8?
Zaher Fallahi
Zaher Fallahi answered on Nov 13, 2016

You may look into the IRS Forms W-8BEN and 1042-S. The information presented herein is for general purposes only. It is not intended to, and may not be construed as legal, tax or accounting advice. Neither is intended for solicitation purposes. For specific advice, please consult an appropriate... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, International Law, Contracts and Tax Law for California on
Q: I am currently doing my internship abroad in the US, to get this job I needed to go through an international employment

agency. They charged me around $1200 to find me the job and help me with my VISA etc. I spoke to my bosses about this and they had no idea that this company was charging this much money, they figured that was the reason they rarely got an intern from abroad. I told them if they wanted I could find... Read more »

Zaher Fallahi
Zaher Fallahi answered on Jun 2, 2016

Strictly for tax purposes, review http://www.zflegal.com/taxation-of-americans-living-abroad-2/ . The information presented herein is for general purposes only. It is not intended to, and may not be construed as legal, tax or accounting advice. For specific advice, please consult a local counsel.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law, International Law and Civil Rights for California on
Q: Please I need your opinion

I'm Saudi Citizen and I need to complain my Saudi Gov't in any U.S Court,Is it possible or not?.My case focus to reclaim my rights ( basic Rights).More than 20 yeras my gov't are lost all my Rights.

Shan Dimitris Potts
Shan Dimitris Potts answered on May 19, 2016

More information is needed to give you an answer to this question. I suggest you talk to an immigration attorney in private to set up a consultation and discuss this matter in detail. Many immigration attorneys including me offer free consultations, make use of the consultations.

All the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law and International Law for California on
Q: Is there any restriction for traveling to Iran as an Iranian-American citizen, who was granted asylum 15 years ago?
Shan Dimitris Potts
Shan Dimitris Potts answered on Feb 19, 2016

If you are a US citizen you wouldn't have any problems, however when you come back be prepared to answer some tough questions from the CBP officers. It is only because you applied for asylum from Iran and you are travelled to Iran, it wouldn't be a big problem because it has been 15 years... Read more »

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