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I am Not a United States Citizen and Live in Spring, Texas Can I file for Divorce?

This article addresses filing for divorce in Texas if you are not a United States Citizen.

Requirements for filing a Divorce in Texas

The Following are required in order to file for divorce in Texas:

  1. Texas requires that one party be a resident of Texas for 6 months or 180 days before your eligible to file for divorce.
  2. You must have resided in the County where you are going to be filed for at least 90 days.

Divorce Proceedings

Divorce proceedings are separate from Citizen Status. It is not a requirement that a party seeking a divorce in a Texas court that they are a United States Citizen. The procedures are the same for both United States Citizens and for foreign nationals.

A Texas court can award you child custody, child support and spousal maintenance, even if you are known to be an illegal immigrant. If you are not the custodial parent, you may be required to pay child support and spousal maintenance to your citizen ex-spouse.

The Texas divorce court will not contact ICE about you.

Deportation Risks

However, something to consider if you are an illegal immigrant the risk continues of being deported if ICE discovers you are an illegal immigrant.

An example would be if you are turned into ICE by someone who is aware of your illegal immigrant status such as your ex-spouse.

Should this happen and you are arrested by ICE and have custody of children from your previous marriage, you may be forced with the choice of taking your children with you to your native country or giving custody of them to your ex-spouse. You will also be barred from returning to the U.S. for up to 10 years.

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