Whether you can still qualify for VAWA if divorced

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Many people have inquired as to whether you can still qualify for VAWA if divorced.

The answer to that is YES. Here are the instances where you can qualify even though you are no longer married to the abuser:

1) You believed you were legally married to your abusive spouse but the marriage is not legitimate solely because of the bigamy of your abusive spouse.

2) Your abusive spouse died within 2 years of filing the petition.

3) Your abusive spouse lost or renounced his citizenship or lawful resident status due to an incident of domestic violence.

4) Your marriage to your abusive spouse was terminated within the 2 years prior to filing of the petition, and there is a connection between the termination of the marriage and the battery or extreme cruelty.