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I am Canadian and I married my husband in 2003.  He sponsored me and signed the required documents. We divorced in 2009.  I need to know what forms I need to complete in order to file a civil suit for financial support.  I am not sure if this is a federal or state suit. He is still financially responsible for me because he signed the 1-864 forms.  I hope I have the correct form number.  
I am eligible for this support under the guidelines of this sponsorship regardless of our divorce.
Can you please point me in the right direction so that I can obtain the correct forms.  I would like to proceed with a civil suit.
Thank you for your time.
Sincerely,
Jane

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Hello Jane,

Before I respond further to your question, I must make clear that I do not represent you, and cannot give you individual particularized legal advice. No attorney client relationship is created by this email. For legal advice, you should hire your own attorney, and follow their advice. My role with AllExperts is limited to providing general information and suggestions for educational or general knowledge purposes. Before you take any action, consult with your own attorney.

I do not practice in Canada, and cannot direct you to specific forms.


In a quick search, I was able to find www.divorcecanada.ca, and www.children-and-divorce.com/divorce-forms.html‎, both might be helpful to you.  Here in the U.S., I often suggest that folks start their efforts at the local couthouse, where typically a person can find helpful and knowledgeable clerks who can direct a party to approriate forms.  Also, the Minnesota courts website features a link to local forms.  I imagine that your local resources are likely similar.  I suggest that you either click, ring, or stop by at your local courthouse to get started.  Alternatively, you may do well to go to the nearest law library or consult your friendly neighborhood attorney.

I hope this helps, good luck to you.

Morgan Smith
SMITH & RAVER LLP
Minneapolis, Minnesota
http://smith-and-raver-llp.biz
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