I am Jarvis Ortega, a Canadian residing in Toronto, Ontario. I have a situation where I need your advice.
My niece < Janice> married a Filipino who is a permanent resident of US in 2006. He is residing in North Carolina. He promised my niece sponsorship as a wife to the US. For this reason, my niece relied on his support (about $100.00 monthly) and did not continue her college studies in order to wait for the sponsorship. She intends to put in a new plan for her life once in the US>
However, nothing happened. My niece did not receive any communication from the US Embassy in the Philippines. We just found out later that her husband is now living with another woman in Charlotte.
Our questions are:
- Can she ask for support from her husband as she replans her future?
- How can she file a complaint for alimony in North Carolina considering that she is in the Philippines?
- Is her presence needed during court hearings or trial?
- What steps should she take in order to exercise her right?
I would appreciate your early response to my letter.