let's say I go and cancel our divorce now and he has 6 months until he removes his conditional status , so can i cancel the divorce and when the time comes to remove the waiver he will realize that he is still married while I won't sign the joint petition . . . mi trying to understand if I can screw him up for his lies and financial defrauder of me and my family by canceling the divorce and setting a trap for him in terms of his conditional g . c . removal . He completely screwed me up , did not tell me that eh was previously divorced , and other things . . . . i feel so used .
You should speak with a divorce lawyer as well as an immigration lawyer. It makes no sense to stall divorce proceedings for the reasons you described, especially when there are ways by which he can self-petition to remove the conditions on his residence. You're upset, but as the expression goes, don't "cut off your nose to spite your face".
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You need to understand that you control only 2 things:
1. When to file for and proceed with and get divorce.
2. Whether to file a joint petition with your spouse to remove his or her conditional status.
So stay focused on how much you can control. Otherwise you will drive yourself crazy and make bad situation even worse. Do not listen to friends and relatives for sure. They only compound the stress. They don't know the law and their opinions have no real meaning. Talk to a lawyer in person.
Removal of conditional status requires joint filing (by both spouses). If you refuse to join him then your spouse can file petition on his/her own and might get it approved if the marriage was in good faith and fell apart for normal reasons. Law is too complicated to explain here.
Unless you have solid documentary proof that your spouse committed fraud, your spouse will get benefit of the doubt as far as immigration laws are concerned. In divorce, CA is no fault state and no showing of fraud is required unless you are asking for annulment of marriage based on fraud. Fraud is very difficult to prove and you will have the legal responsibility/burden to prove it. If you do pursue fraud in divorce case, you must have solid documentary proof. Otherwise a good judge on a bad day will issue fines and sanctions against you.
For many immigrants, fraud is natural-go-to-reason but not all marriages are entered into or fail because of green card and amount to fraud. Get counselling you must but be careful in staying too focused on screwing his or her life. Revengeful behavior is poison ...it affects everybody equally.
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