New Administration Could Impact Family Law Proceedings

 

There is no question that as a new president took office, many things were promised to change and many have changed since the start of the new year. Some of those changes have had a greater impact than those in charge of the implementation may have anticipated. A few weeks after taking office, the new president signed an executive order titled Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States, allowing people to be deported for a variety of reasons that previously were not allowed under President Obama’s administration. This executive order has sparked outrage across the nation, but has also seen a decent amount of support, even though research has shown that there have been lower levels of crime in the United States among immigrants than those people born in the United States.

The order aims to deport illegal immigrants residing in the United States who have committed a crime, attempted to commit a crime, or have conspired to commit a crime. Those crimes range from terrorism to engaging in fraudulent or willful misrepresentation to a government agency, to abuse of families, to espionage. Additionally, acts relating to driving under the influence of alcohol, public intoxication, and speeding may also result in deportation, although no conviction is required.

This new order has the potential to impact various sectors of law, not just criminal law. Family law proceedings have the potential to be widely interrupted as those individuals who are currently in divorce proceedings, domestic violence disputes, custody hearings, and support hearings may have to wait much longer than anticipated for a final decision to be rendered due to the legal status of their contesting partner.

This may be a tool that a vengeful spouse will use in order to get a settlement agreement out of a contesting partner by threatening deportation. Additionally, it may work to the advantage of some immigrants who have been trying to evade child support or spousal support hearings or decisions. Generally, support decisions will not be transferable between other countries, so if an foreign-born partner is deported, he or she may evade responsibility to child or spousal support through this process. Not only will the immigrant partner suffer from the inaccessibility to family members, but the child or spouse may also suffer by being deprived of his or her right to justice in the United States.

Struggling with a Custody, Divorce or Settlements?

Family law issues can be complicated, but when you add on the pressure of having a partner face deportation, you may feel like you are working against the clock. If you or someone you know has a family law issue that you need help resolving, we can help you get the results you deserve. Do not hesitate to call the legal team at Lawrence Law Office today at (614) 228 – 3664 for a consultation, or email us using our website or lawrence@lawrencelawoffice.com.

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