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

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?

Family Law: divorce proceedings, conclusion of marriage (USA)
I am writing a story about divorce in Russia. I would like to interview you and have your opinion on the subject.

These are the questions i would like to address:

1. What are the main reasons, according to you, behind the high divorce rates in Russia?

2. Do you believe that these issues might be related to marrying early, infidelity, alcoholism?

3. What has the government done now and what more can it do to affect the divorce rate?

4. How many divorces to you handle a year?

5. Are divorces easier in Russia? If yes, why?

6. What part to children play in the divorce? What is the perspective in Russia toward paying child support etc.?

7. Do you see a change in trend in the past two decades? Are younger people not going to have such a high divorce rate? If yes, why?

8. Lastly, have I forgotten anything on the subject? If yes please write any additional comment.

Thank you very much!

Immigration Law (Russia)
I am Ukrainian citizen. Is it possible to have 2 residences and 2 visas (to make residence and permanent visa in Russia keeping at the same time my residence (green card) in United States?

Family Law: termination of parental rights, rights of the child, child support. (Ukraine)
Good afternoon, Karina. I am the editor of the show “хххххххххххх” on the nationwide broadcast channel “хххххххххх”.

We are searching for the American family that adopted three children from Ukraine and then returned them to their grandmother.

We know that this grandmother, to whom the children were returned, is going to file action against the people who adopted the children. I have the information that you are aware of this situation. If you possess any information, please right me a letter. We need to find out the opinion of the foster parents.

Family Law: divorce proceedings, conclusion of marriage (Russia)
I am married to Russian woman since July 2013. It is a long story but I have known her for more than 5 years before we married. We live in the United States. However since October she is pregnant and changed completely and does not speak any English at home and sleeps with her son in one bed and I sleep alone. I tried to talk to her but she refuses to talk at all.

Now in my state it is not possible to divorce when you are not married for 1 year. So I wonder if it is at all possible to divorce in Russia now? She lives legally with me in the United States and has a residence card based on the fact she is married to me. If the answer is yes, could you help me with this? And what would be the costs?

Just FYI I take full responsibility of the baby and don’t want in any way dump her or something. But I believe that a child should grow up in a normal family situation and not in a house where husband and wife basically have no relation at all and do not communicate about anything. The few times she has spoken she said she believes she has made a terrible mistake by marrying me. And I must say that she may be right.

Family Law: divorce proceedings, conclusion of marriage (Russia)

Family law : divorce and division of property. (Russia)
If i know the requirements i could begin to negotiate a settlement. My main concern is that the purchased properties were acquired while married and i'm really not keen on just handing her half of the value there when this money was earned by my hard work years before i met her. Can you advise me on this?

Family Law: divorce proceedings, conclusion of marriage (Russia)
I would like to pay an attorney to get my Russian marriage annulled. My wife and I were married in St. Petersburg on 1 Feb 2013. How long will it take to get the marriage annulled? How much would it cost?

I thought that extra money might make the process go faster. Once the US divorce is finalized, I will then hire you to see about getting the marriage annulled. I will keep in touch with you.

Family Law: termination of parental rights, rights of the child, child support. (Russia)
I have a challenge that I have to solve - my minor child was taken away to Russia, and I don't know how to get her back. My divorce here has been finalized, and I have been granted a full custody.

Would it be possible for us to schedule a call to discuss?

Family Law: divorce proceedings, conclusion of marriage (Russia)
Is it more favorable for me to get a divorce or to prevent it?

If I should
try to divorce, where should I do it? And if I get divorce in one country, for example Russia, will all the others have to accept the decisions as per custody, alimony etc?

Is it possible to get a divorce without the consent of both sides in Russia, and do we have to be in or visit Russia?

If we get divorce in Russia, what will be the possible decisions of the court, if we prove alcoholism and what if we can't prove alcoholism? Alimony, custody, division of property/wealth, and others.

How can we prove alcoholism? Especially if we will not be in Russia during the divorce process?

What will be the effects of the decision of the court in Russia on the property abroad? For example if Russia decides the goods/properties should be divided, how will this be done in United States?

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