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    Default How to Divorce an Illegal Immigrant Who Refuses Until Permanent Residency

    My question involves divorce in the State of: Iowa

    The situation is this:
    Say if someone (A) legally marries a person (B) who is represented by an agency/organization (C). Person A is told person B's status is pending for citizenship. Person A believes this to be true because agency C told them person B has filed taxes. After person A and person B get married, it becomes apparent to person A that person B in fact does NOT have their citizenship pending and never filed taxes as agency C claimed but in fact was attempting to use the marriage as the way to gain citizenship.

    Now, person A is no longer with person B but is in fact engaged to another person (D), with whom they have since had a child. Person A wants a divorce from person B but B is refusing to initiate paperwork or sign anything until the marriage has been 2 full years (July 2009), at which time B believes their citizenship will be permanent. Person B is threatening person A, stating B will tell authorities A agreed to marry B on the premise B only wanted citizenship, not the actual committed relationship of marriage. A is fearful of facing persecution regarding this false claim. A actually married B because B promised to take care of A and A's child (Aa). Since the marriage in July 2007, B has abandoned A and Aa and refuses any responsibilty once promised them.

    A and D are putting off the marriage because it would not be legal. What are step-by-step options A has in order to follow through with a divorce so A can marry D? It would be much appreciated if the terms of filing divorce could be explained in Layman's terms. Persons A and D are not financially able to seek counsel and would also like information on where they would be able to go based on sliding scale/low income guidelines.

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    Default Re: How to Divorce an Illegal Immigrant Who Refuses Until Permanent Residency

    In most divorce cases, one of the parties is much more willing to proceed than the other.

    Talk to an attorney about ways to move this forward.

    I strongly urge this so that it doesn't appear to be a fraudulent marriage to gain citizenship... which, of course, this situation is.

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