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We have been married 7 years. Have a 6 year old boy. We have lived in the States for four months. I am on a H1B visa, my wife is on a H4 visa. What happens if we get divorced?

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You want to know what happens to your spouse's status if you divorce?

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Immigration Lawyer: Guillermo Senmartin, Immigration Attorney replied 2 years ago

Well, the moment that the divorce is final, your spouse's H-4 status is terminated immediately. Your son's status is not affected, but she also cannot use your son to stay. This is a common problem with H-1B/H-4 divorces with a child involved. The child can stay, but if the mother's status is terminated, she has to leave and if a family court judge orders that she retain primary custody, then the child would go with her. So if this is an issue for you, you can divorce, but you will need to fight for custody.

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
What if we separate? As she can't work, am I responsible for all her expenses, car, home etc?
Immigration Lawyer: Guillermo Senmartin, Immigration Attorney replied 2 years ago

A separation is not a divorce. She could stay in H-4 status through a separation. As far as being responsible for her, that is up to the both of you unless a court orders that you would be responsible for her. Let's me know if you need anything else, but please do not forget that positive rating. You can do that by clicking on 3, 4, or 5 stars. Thank you for your understanding.

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Thank you for your kindness and respect. Good luck to you.

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