Frequently Asked Questions
At the Law Office of Jasmit Dhaliwal PLLC, we’re committed to sharing knowledge and providing helpful information. When you work with us, we take great care in ensuring that you understand your options and the road ahead. We know that unresolved doubts and uncertainties can cause a great deal of stress. Our goal is to alleviate that burden with clarity.
Below are answers to some common questions we receive about immigration and family law. Keep in mind that you should always speak with a lawyer for guidance specific to your situation.
Do I need an attorney for my immigration case?
While the legal system doesn’t require you to have an attorney, it’s almost always better to have one, given the complexities of both immigration law and the immigration process. It’s easy to make costly missteps if you try to represent yourself. A good immigration lawyer will be well worth the investment, as it’s an investment in your future.
Who can qualify for a green card?
There are four main ways to qualify for a green card (technically called lawful permanent residence) in the U.S.:
- Through marriage to a U.S. citizen or green card holder
- Through a qualifying family member
- Through employment
- Through the diversity visa lottery (for those from certain countries)
Green cards are also available for asylees and refugees, certain crime and trafficking victims, and victims of domestic violence.
How long does it take to become a citizen?
To become a U.S. citizen through naturalization, you must generally wait a certain period of time after first obtaining a green card (lawful permanent residence). That waiting period is generally five years, or three years for those who obtained a green card through marriage. There are exceptions, however, so talk with a lawyer about your specific situation.
Family Law FAQ
How is custody decided?
Child custody is determined based on the best interests of the children. Texas law outlines numerous factors to consider when determining their best interests, including:
- The parental fitness of each parent
- The children’s emotional and physical needs
- Their education
- Their stability
- Their community and support system
- Their preference, after a certain age
We can help you evaluate these factors when navigating custody issues.
Who gets the home during a divorce?
This is often a contentious issue in divorce cases, and there is no one-size-fits-all answer. It depends on your circumstances. If you would like to keep the home, our attorneys can help you strategize how to make that happen.
Can I get alimony?
In Texas, alimony (also called spousal maintenance) isn’t automatic. Whether alimony is appropriate – and if so, for how long and what amount – depends on numerous factors such as:
- The duration of the marriage
- Each spouse’s earning capacity and financial resources
- Each spouse’s contributions to the family, including foregoing career opportunities to raise children
Of course, if there is an enforceable prenuptial or postnuptial agreement, that may also impact alimony.