Say I lived in the US on an e2 visa with my husband and kids and got a divorce, would I have to return to my country with the kids or could I get custody and remain in the US?
See a family law attorney in your state. Not an immigration question.
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I presume you are in dependent status of your husband's? I think you would lose your status upon your divorce.
If you divorce, you will no longer be allowed to stay in the US on an E-2 (dependent) visa
Only a family law judge can decide custody.
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A judge will determine what is "in the best interest of the children" as far as custody is concerned. A family law judge has no authority to grant immigration benefits or determine whether you can remain in the U.S. That would be govern by your immigration status.
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You should speak with a family or domestic relations attorney regarding custody. if you are the dependent onthe E-2 you will lose your status.