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Domestic violence, immigration and divorce

When it comes to divorce, each case is unique. For example, some couples may not have children, while others will go through a bitter dispute over child custody. Furthermore, there are other unique considerations, such as those who immigrated to the U.S. to get married. Unfortunately, some people in Los Angeles who have immigrated worry about the potential consequences of splitting up with their spouse, even if they are subjected to domestic violence. As a result, it is pivotal for everyone in this position to understand their rights.

According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, immigrants who are victims of domestic violence are able to file for a divorce. Domestic violence victims are either male or female and may experience various forms of abuse, from verbal or physical attacks to threats and sexual abuse. In addition to filing for divorce, victims who have immigrated to the country and experience domestic violence at the hands of their spouse are able to secure protection orders for themselves, as well as their children, and may gain access to marital property.

Following the Violence Against Women Act, some immigrants who are abused by their spouse can apply for an immigrant visa and file the petition without their having any knowledge of the application. Moreover, children of U.S. citizens who are abused by their parent may also have the ability to file petitions without informing their parent. Regardless of the details of a domestic violence victim’s situation, standing up against this type of illegal behavior and reviewing legal protections immediately is very important.

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