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.