I just married my partner and father of my two children after a six year relationship. Although he did not pressure me, I felt internal pressure to marry him against my will so that my children would not lose their father. The relationship has been emotionally and physically abusive. He has a CDV charge that was deferred based on a violent episode that occurred a little over a year ago. Did I commit marriage fraud by marrying him since I would not have married him otherwise had he been a US resident? I do not wish to be married to him, but saw no other way to prevent him from being forced to leave the country. Is this a valid marriage? We live in South Carolina.
Thank you for answering my questions.