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Family Law, Matters: Immigration, Maintenance, and Form I-864 / by Rex B. Wingerter

This article appeared in the December 2015 edition of the Prince George’s County Bar Association News Journal. Family law practitioners representing non-U.S. citizen clients in domestic relations matters will probably never face an immigration based ineffective assistance of counsel complaint, as will their criminal defense colleagues who fail to properly advise their clients of the immigration consequences of a guilty plea. See Padilla v. Kentucky, 559 U.S. 356 (2010). But family practitioners are not immune from such concerns. Immigration consequences do flow from divorce and its associated claims, particularly when it comes to financial support issues. This is true where...
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