Monday, 18 March 2013


Picture this: You are married to the love of your life and looking forward to a life of bliss together, possibly kids in the near future. But all this is about to come to an end as you face the possibility that you might be deported, forcefully separated from your husband and your marriage annulled. Such is the plight of Nigerian native, Yetunde Orungbemi who is facing deportation if the court in the US rules that her marriage to husband Nelson Barnes is not 'authentic'.

Tuesday’s court case will decide whether Orungbemi and Barnes have an authentic marriage. “The judge has to determine whether the marriage is bona fide,” says Dale M. Schwartz, an immigration and naturalization lawyer based in Atlanta.

If the judge decides they did not marry in good faith Orungbemi says she faces the prospect of deportation. If the marriage is seen to be genuine her husband still needs to meet certain income requirements or alternatively find a co-sponsor, says Schwartz.

Sad situation! I know that the court can definitely find the marriage not authentic, the couple will have to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the relationship is not fake, which usually is difficult. How far this will go remains to be seen.

For more on this story, visit TheGrio.Com

What are your thoughts? What will you do if you found yourself in a similar situation?

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