International marriages, when a divorce follows, can turn into messy divorces with surprising outcomes.
Consider this case. After marrying in the Ukraine in 2004, Richard Villar and Olga moved to Alaska with the woman's daughter, Linda.
As Olga's immigration sponsor, Richard filed an I-864 affidavit agreeing to support his new wife and stepdaughter at 125 percent of the federal poverty threshold.
Five years later, the Villars divorced and the final papers included Richard's support obligation. Then the mother and daughter moved to California where Olga met and married George Nasif that same year.
Sometime that same year, the daughter moved to Louisiana to live with her stepfather Richard under a temporary guardianship agreement.
Life can get messy.
Couple Battles Over Support Payments
Richard, probably feeling that he didn't need to send support payments now that his ex-wife remarried, stopped his payments to Olga during the first eleven months of 2010.
Not happy about the loss of income, Olga decided to file a motion in Alaska to enforce the divorce decree. Richard responded by making several payments.
The matter proceeded to a hearing. The court ruled that Richard's 2010 support payments needed to meet Alaska's federal poverty level, not California's. Furthermore, the court said the support payments should meet a single-person household level.
In the end, the court decided that Richard didn't owe his ex-wife any further payments. Olga filed an appeal; she prevailed, and Richard filed a motion asking the court to reconsider its June 20 order.
In addition, he filed a motion for relief. In other words, Richard asked the court to reconsider its earlier order.