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International Family Law: Ovchinnikova v Stevens

Vivienne Stewart
Mr. Stevens’ lawyer for the Russian proceeding, Karina Duvall, also provided key evidence for the BC proceedings including explanations of Russian family court procedure and clarifications of other expert evidence on Russian family law, as well as on Belarus and Kazakh law relating to enforcement of court orders, which were extremely helpful in showing the BC judge why orders made by the Russian court could be enforced against Mr. Stevens if he failed to pay child support. Read More »

Something about ethical standards

Karina Duvall
Both attorney John Smith and his client have so badly abused the judicial system in this action that anything less than an imposition of harsh sanctions will embolden them to continue and repeat their conduct. Most disturbingly, though, and evident from the transcripts, is that Mr. John Smith and his client knew my action had been confirmed by the previous Supreme Court hearings. I believe that sanctions against Defendant and her counsel are proper and necessary, and I hereby put Mr. John Smith on notice that I am seeking a sanction against him. Read More »

Division of property opportunity after 3 years from divorce

Karina Duvall
According to the Russian Federation Law any possible claims Ms. Smith to Mr. Smith in the competent Russian Federation court has no judicial prospects due to three years limitation periods since Ms. Smith did not use her right to file claims for division of property during divorce proceedings in 2008 and also within three years after divorce, although she knew about it, since acted as the initiator of the divorce, which indicates the absence of a dispute on the division of property between Mr. and Ms. Smith. Read More »

How the incredible situation became lawful and correct because of the decision of Supreme Court of Ukraine

Appellate prectice
This fabulous decision Banduryst vs. Mekeda (Supreme Court of Ukraine, 2017) became case law in Ukraine and was used by me for my expertise in the immigration procedure in the United States to confirm legitimacy of the marriage which was registered in Ukraine while parties were in the United States. Read More »

The marriage without physical presense in Ukraine is valis or not?

Karina Duvall
The Supreme Specialized Court of Ukraine for Civil and Criminal Cases came to the same conclusion in its Decision regarding the civil case № 380/1576/15-ц on September 20, 2017. In paragraph twenty five of the Decision the Supreme Specialized Court of Ukraine for Civil and Criminal Cases states:

“.... the legal relations that arose between the parties regarding the registration of their marriage on November 20, 1999 are regulated by the Code Marriage and Family of Ukraine № 2006-VII, the norms of which do not provide for marriage to be unconcluded or invalid on the grounds of absence of the groom and (or) bride during marriage registration”. Read More »
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