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Disability of Crimean Divorce

The reason for writing this article is because of a widespread problem. The theme of the article is concerning divorces issued in Crimea after 2014.

It would seem that everything is simple. Crimea became a subject of the Russian Federation in 2014. Russian courts began to work on the territory of the Crimea and the city of Sevastopol where the residents of the Crimea would go to solve their immediate problems. People get a divorce, and everything else, you can build a new life: get married, change places, move to America, to Europe.

But everything is not so simple. It is with enviable regularity that people turn to me, whose divorce was issued in Crimea, as it turns out, is not recognized by other countries, in particular, the United States. What does mean that your divorce is not recognized? - This means that from the position of the legislation of another country, you are married to a person with whom you think you divorced.

What, in turn, means the fact that you are married? If you remarried, your subsequent marriage will be invalid, with all the ensuing consequences. In particular, this means that with the “former” spouse you have not stopped the common ownership regime, and everything that you earn goes to the common pot with it. However, this isn’t the biggest issue. Divorces issued in Crimea and, as a result, marriages issued after these divorces, are not recognized by immigration authorities of many countries, and absolutely for sure, by the United States immigration services.

The answer to the question "who is to blame?" Search is meaningless. The answer to another question - “what to do?” - exists. It turns out that Ukraine on April 15, 2014 adopted the law No. 1207-VII “On ensuring the rights and freedoms of citizens and legal regime in the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine”, which changed the jurisdiction of court cases, which were previously subject to review by the courts of the Crimea and the city of Sevastopol. This law regulates the proceedings as a whole and applies to all categories of court cases, including but not limited to divorce. Cases that had previously been held by the courts of the Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, in accordance with this law, are referred by the Appellate Court of Kiev to the municipal courts of Kiev.

This is a long way: a divorce through Kiev can take up to a year, and if you take into consideration the more complex cases, it could take even more time. In my practice, I was bewildered with situations where the residents of the Crimea made temporary registration in the regions of Ukraine in order to be able, to resolve their issues in the courts of Ukraine. This path also exists.

Someone reading this article will say: “What nonsense! Why these difficulties? I will divorce in Russia! ” And of course, he will be right. The legitimacy of the Crimean divorce in the territory of the Russian Federation is beyond doubt. But life is long, and nobody knows where fate will bring us tomorrow. And fate has already brought someone: someone to the US, someone scattered across Europe. I am sure that such people my information will be useful. And if you need additional explanations or practical assistance in obtaining such a divorce, our office will help you in resolving these issues at a high professional level.

Karina Duvall
Articles and consultations authored by attorney reflect the state of law as of the date of their writing. The laws change daily. Users of this site are advised to consult attorney regarding their situation.
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