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

Question

Good morning Karina, I have found your email address from site regarding child support in Russian Federation.

My story is as follows and I would appreciate any legal advice possible.
I am U.S. citizen and met Russian woman in 2015. I moved to St. Petersburg to spend time and get to know her, I rented an apartment where we lived for almost one year.

I paid everything there, provided home, food, and even gave her money in sizeable amounts just out of the goodness of my heart. I asked her to look for a job as she told me the opportunities for her were better in the city we moved compared to city she lived. She made no such efforts.

Trouble began, she was upset for trivial reasons, left three times when things became stressful for her. She moved back to her mothers house.

Trouble again came in the form of a child. This child is not yet born.
We are not married and her name is not on apartment lease agreement.
Also, she claims this child is mine, however it is only what she has told me, no tests have been conducted. I work in different country than Russian Federation and go back and forth on regular basis four times a year, return when I have vacation to spend with her.

We have irreconcilable differences that cannot be resolved amicably.
I feel moral obligation to help with child support however I am not convinced that this child is really mine, after all, I am not always with her, I am at work 6 weeks and at home 6 weeks.

She has requested that we get married. She also has put my name in birth registration without asking and without my consent.

As I mentioned before, we are not married, and she has poisoned her family against me and I feel my personal safety is in jeopardy. I plan to move out of Russia as soon as possible to avoid any confrontations that could possibly become life threatening and possibly land me in jail.

That would jeopardize my job, my lively-hood and including child support.
What solutions can you present?

I cannot prove this child is really mine as I mentioned, as this child is not born yet.

What should I do?

I feel hopeless as this very stressful situation has spiraled out of control and there is seemingly no solutions.

Thank you for your advice and request alternative solutions legally.

Thank you very much Karina and have a wonderful day.

Answer

Dear James,

Your situation not so bad. You are lucky, because you are single. It is mean for you, you are responsible for child, if this is your child, but you have zero responsibility before your girlfriend. She probably wants to get married to get spousal support for years. To avoid these obligations, just do not marry her.

If you will decide to get married, please take into account that you cannot even to file for divorce until the child became 1 year old.

So, your situation now is much better than you can imagine. You don't need to go through divorce proceeding, you do not have any spousal responsibility, and finally, nobody knows for sure who is father of child.

So, all you need to worry about, this is blood test. To put your name to birth certificate, she has to address together with you to ZAGS OR, if you disagree, she has to file case in the court. Our law firm will be glad to represent you in this case, if needed. If you are father of child, you will get responsibility to pay child support until your child became 18 years old.

If you have more questions, please to not hesitate to ask me.
Karina Duvall
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