Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, P.C. is pleased to announce that Mark S. Papazian and Geoffrey S. Wagner have been published in the May 2016 issue of the Family Law Journal of the American Bar Association.
The article is titled The I-864 Affidavit: Practice Pointers for Dealing with a Complex, Confusing, and Potentially Very Costly Legal Document. Click here to view the article.
The article covers a client’s divorce case. The client’s wife came to the U.S. from China less than a year after: a brief online courtship and a spontaneous wedding in Las Vegas. Once his wife received her Conditional Green Card, she packed her bags, moved out and filed for divorce. When the client sponsored his wife’s permanent residency, he signed an Affidavit of Support known as Form I-896 Affidavit. The client agreed to support his wife and her son at 125% of the U.S. poverty level and to reimburse the government in the event that one of them ever makes a claim for public assistance. This support obligation does not terminate upon divorce and could mean that the client’s obligation could exceed $1,000.000.000
The article by Mark Papazian & Geoffrey Wagner covers step by step how they minimized the impact of the I-864 Affidavit resulting in a win for their client. Mark Papazian and Geoffrey Wagner hope the practice pointers they discussed in the Article will prove to be helpful if and when the issue arises in your practice.
Mark Papazian has been named a Top 100 Michigan Super Lawyers 2015. Mr. Papazian is a partner in Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, P.C.’s litigation department. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.
Mr. Papazian specializes in divorce, custody and related family matters, commercial and business litigation and represents numerous media celebrities, recording artists and professional athletes. Mr. Papazian also has considerable experience working with government law, real estate and sports and entertainment representation and marketing. This is due to his background in music and nightclub industries. He has over 40 years of law experience, has tried cases throughout the State of Michigan and has been appointed as a “receiver” by the Oakland County Circuit Court.
Mr. Papazian has an AV Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest ranking by peers for general ethical standards and legal ability. He also has been named a Top Lawyer by DBusiness Magazine, and has been selected as a Best Lawyer and Leading Lawyer by various publications.
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