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Family law : divorce and division of property. (USA)
I'm an American married to a Russian woman for the past 7 years. We married in 2008 in Moscow and have lived in the Netherlands for the entire time. I bought properties during marriage with money I had earned long before marriage. These are mostly in another European country.

When I purchased them I was required to give wife's consent as I was married.

We are currently discussing divorce.

Will I be obligated to give her a portion of these properties by law under divorce settlement?

Family law : divorce and division of property. (Russia)

Family law : divorce and division of property. (Russia)

Family Law: termination of parental rights, rights of the child, child support. (Russia)

Family Law: termination of parental rights, rights of the child, child support. (Russia)
You told me it would be more profitable for me to born a child in my country than in Russia; why so? In which case I would have the child's custody?

Family Law: divorce proceedings, conclusion of marriage (Russia)
I'm an American. I'm married to a Russian citizen two years ago. I’ve been asked to go twice to notary to sign a document for renting his property, as they told since we’ve got married he’ll always need my signature for any renting/selling properties.

Family law : divorce and division of property. (Russia)
I'm an American. I'm married to a Russian citizen two years ago.
I have no idea in
which regime we’ve got married.
I mean, all documents are written in Russian language, and we haven’t made any Marriage Contract before wedding.
I would like to know what my rights are if I ask a divorce.

The only one document I can give you is the Marriage Certificate.

The rights of foreign nationals (Russia)
Ms Duvall,

We have a legal issue we would like your advice on (we're not planning a
divorce - but you have useful info on your web site about our question and would seem to know more than most, including lawyers and notaries in Moscow) -

What is the best ownership of Moscow property for tax and survivorship purposes for a couple with one Russian citizen (wife - who is a dual Russian / US citizen).

We have an apartment in Moscow bought originally under under the husband's name (US citizen) via a mortgage. It is currently listed under the husband and wife's name. We would like to minimize potential taxes if we decide to sell (which would probably mean putting it solely in the wife's name (she is also still registered as a Moscow resident - and did recently complete the registration of the fact that she has also a foreign passport), but also make any survivorship issue as uncomplicated as possible. Our assumption is that there is no straightforward Russian equivalent to Joint Tenant with Right of Survivorship ownership mechanism.

What would be your estimate for basic review and advice of our issue.

Family Law: termination of parental rights, rights of the child, child support. (Russia)
My wife told me below that she sent you a letter. Asking for child support. What are child support payments on average in Russia? How you can help me?

Family law : divorce and division of property. (Russia)
First, I expect that the appropriate venue for the divorce would be Moscow, since that has been the jurisdiction of our marital home. Although we have lived in Moscow for many years, my wife is registered in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk (where her parents live) and while she had some temporary registration in Moscow some years ago, I don't think she has kept that up, so I assume that she is not registered in Moscow, only in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. If we go this route, would you be able to assist?

Second, how long does the divorce process take?

Third, can she block the divorce if she does not agree?

Fourth, I understand that there is no requirement under Russian law for continual alimony or spousal support after the divorce. Is this correct?

Fifth, what is customarily done with property? Essentially all of the income earned in the family has been mine – my wife has never held a full time job during our marriage and has only earned a few rubles here and there teaching yoga. She has never earned more than a few thousand dollars in any year (for the past four or five years, the number has been almost zero). Under these circumstances, what kind of property division would be required under law?

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