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How to write a character letter for a judge for my immigrant husband

Updated February 21, 2017

A character letter is a personal statement about someone that you know very well. One for a husband should be able to go beyond generalities and give specific knowledge of the essence of a person. A good character letter is tailored for the occasion. For example, a judge making a determination whether someone should be allowed into the country wants to know if this person will be an asset to the well-being of the country; a judge who is presiding over a civil suit might prefer to know about the decision-making ability of a person.

Know the reason for the judge wanting a character letter. Understand fully the consequences the letter should have on the judge.

State your identity in the first paragraph and your relationship to the person for whom you are writing the letter. Give specific detail that will give your testimony sufficient credibility such as the length of time you have known your spouse, the length of your romantic relationship and the amount of time you have been married. The closer and longer you can build a case for knowing him, the more weight the letter will carry.

Give the purpose for which you are writing the letter in the second paragraph. Show the judge that you understand the reason behind the letter and the possible circumstances for which you are hoping.

Include specific traits that you want to communicate about your husband. Give examples of when he has exercised these traits. For example, if your husband is a hard worker who provides for his family, explain how he worked two jobs just to earn enough money to keep you in an apartment instead of having to go to a shelter.

Finish the letter with a direct appeal that the judge rule in the way that is most beneficial for your husband and your family. Explain clearly what you would have the judge to do.

Finally, thank the judge for his consideration in hearing your side and your words about your husband.

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About the Author

Jack Burton started writing professionally in 1980 with articles in "Word from Jerusalem," "ICEJ Daily News" and Tagalong Garden News. He has managed radio stations, TV studios and newspapers, and was the chief fundraiser for Taltree Arboretum. Burton holds a B.S. in broadcasting from John Brown University. He is a 26-year veteran of the U.S. Navy/Navy Reserves and the Navy Seabees.