Family Law: termination of parental rights, rights of the child, child support. (Russia)
I have seen your website and the interesting and professional answers you provide and I
would like to have your legal advice before starting any legal process, in which case I will be happy to use your services.
I am American citizen married with a Russian girl in 2009. We have been living in Russia until 2011 when we move to United States with our little daughter.
During the previous Christmas we went to Saint Petersburg for a 2 weeks holidays and when I was there my wife told she will never come back to United States and that she will keep my daughter with her. I went back to United States and I have already started the divorce process with a lawyer.
She recently filed divorce in Russia.
From what i have seen in your website (answers) and what another lawyer told me already, I am aware that what she is doing is legal in Russia.
My question is: How the process works in Russia for my wife sending her demand to me? Should I have to have a lawyer in Russia?
If I disagree with what she demands (I will ask for the custody for myself) should I have to go to Russia to declare on the tribunal?
I have sent the official request via the Ministry of Foreign affairs, and they answered me by the Central Russian Authority. They offer me to reach agreement with my wife about child.
i have also seen that Russian Law does not care about which demand was first or if there is "opposite" demand coming from another country.
If my demand comes to her before she start the process, does this changes anything for me / for her?