I can't state this enough. You are applying for immigration benefits. The last thing you want to do is lie or stretch the truth.
How did you meet your spouse? Why did you like him or her? What did you do together? What was normal life like? What happened to change that? How are they now? (I cannot write enough questions for every scenario, but rest assured, your declaration should be detailed).
I said detailed. I didn't say write about your pet turtle (unless this is particular point of contention), your mother's sister's husband's brother-in-law's opinion, etc. Write about the subject of your waiver or application and be prepared to answer detailed questions at your interview. The interviewer may not ask every tiny detail, but her or she might. It's far better to be prepared than stumble over your answers or open an irrelevant can of worms.
Have a section devoted for each point of the declaration. For example: a section for how you met your spouse; a separate section on what life was like married; a separate section about the down-fall of the marriage; etc. Most declarations are organized in chronological order with a good intro and conclusion.
What would you think if you read this declaration? Consider asking a very blunt friend (or better yet, an attorney) to review it. Does it make you look like a crazy person? Is it unintelligible gibberish? If you find that your first draft is terrible, drenched with tears and written with a trembling hand, set the declaration aside and look at it later with a clear head. Make more drafts if you have to. It's worth the work to have a better declaration.
Be correct in your dates, your grammar and spelling. Type your declaration. Sign it with a blue pen (it will distinguish the original from the copy).
If you are a client writing your own declaration and have an attorney reviewing it, take your attorney's advice on edits, etc. The attorney wants you to have the best declaration possible. He or she wants to see it be truthful, relevant, detailed, organized and correct. It's usually in your best interest to listen and make the needed changes.
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