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

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

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

Family Law: divorce proceedings, conclusion of marriage (Russia)
(1) If we are married in NYC can she sue for divorce in Russia?

(2) Is the
NYC marriage (apostille document) recognized in Russia without any additional paperwork?

(3) Is the apostille document enough to change her Russian passport last name to mine and show she is married?

(4) Final question: if she does, what happens with a prenuptial US contract that we have in NYC?

Family Law: termination of parental rights, rights of the child, child support. (Russia)
Thank you for your quick response. I was hesitant to contact you since your specialty is Divorce, but after reading your website and biography I am very confident that you have the skills in Russian American Marriage, Family Law, and related Child Support to be best suited to give us a quality initial consultation. This is a situation where you may be able to help bring a marriage together and or help a Single Russian Mom who loves her children and likewise they love their mother obtain a fair level of child support.

What is most important to us is that you provide a good initial consultation along with financial estimates for any legal work you may foresee so I can compare with my budget and make decisions. For example I am forecasting budget as it pertains to processing and filing fiancé Visa along with K1 children immigrant visas for my Russian Lady Friend and her children. Because children are involved and fathers may or may not be co-operative if that is a requirement, I want to be conservative as it may be better for me to divert these funds into child support issues if it’s determined that you might be able to help her obtain more child support to ease the difficult situation she is in.

I want what is best for her and her children and for them to have a fair chance at future success as a family with or without me. So I guess to generalize, we are looking to get advice for the following questions:

1. Is there a “reasonable path” that she could follow for her and her children to relocate to the USA as some point in the future. If we have to get the permission of fathers for her and I to marry and keep the children together, my feeling is that its probably better to retain a Lawyer to professionally handle the process since “emotions” are removed and you are expert in the Area of Russian Family Law and the Art of Negotiation.

2. If there is not a “reasonable path” for her to come to USA per # 1, is there a “reasonable path” where you may have legal tools available to help her obtain higher child support from her children’s fathers to ease her hardship. My understanding is that her 8 year daughter’s father pays equivalent to 1 USD per day in child support and has had no involvement with daughter for several years. She explained to me that he is remarried has children by that marriage and works for his brother who helps him conceal his real income both tangible and intangible. Regarding her 3 year old Son’s father, it appeared to me during my discussion with her that he makes a “good faith” attempt to voluntarily pay a reasonable child support amount but its always based on how much he is willing to pay and when and if, which leaves her always in a “perpetual state” of if she will able to feed her son the following week and so on. I did some basic Google research and noticed a Russian Law that states 25% of income should be paid per child regarding support, I have no clue if the Russian legal systems leaves you as Lawyer with any discovery and or enforcement ability that you can avail to help her and her children.

3. If there is not a “reasonable path” for assisting her regarding items # 1 and # 2 we would appreciate your honesty in stating that. It allows me to write off the fathers and solely focus on helping her with the resource I have available. I had told her that I am supportive of her regardless if I will be able to marry her if she wants that and if I will only be a distant friend that is there in the background to catch her fall and do my best to help carve a path towards a positive future for her and her children.

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

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

Family Law: termination of parental rights, rights of the child, child support. (Russia)
As Martin has probably informed you, the most pressing issue in the dispute between Martin and his wife, Olga, is Olga’s removal of the Children from oted Kingdom to Russia without his consent. She’d brought the Children to Russia, left them with her parents and returned to United Kingdom herself.

As background, Olga had in filed an application for sole custody, care and control of the Children with supervised access to Martin. Martin had then filed a cross application for joint custody, care and control of the children with reasonable access to Olga. Olga removed the Children from United Kingdom after this.

To remedy Olga’s removal of the Children, we filed an application for urgent return of the Children to United Kingdom, and for their passports to be held by us. The Court granted this application and ordered that Olga bring the Children back to United Kingdom.

Then Olga went to the United Kingdom court on her own and filed a notice of intention to act in person without informing her solicitors of this. At the same time, she tendered a handwritten letter to court withdrawing her application for custody, care and control of the children in UK, stating that she believes Russia is the more appropriate forum to adjudicate these issues. She also wrote that she has filed divorce proceedings in Russia.

The UK court responded by fixing a case conference for Olga and parties’ lawyers to attend. Olga failed to turn up.
We pushed for the hearing for the custody applications to stand. The court directed the same.

At the new hearing Olga again did not turn up. We submitted that the Court has the power and should hear the application even in Olga’s absence. The Court heard the matter on merits and granted an order in terms of our application.

Olga has to date not complied with the return order and Martin understands that she has left to Russia to be with the Children and is hesitant to return to United Kingdom for fear of sanctions for her breach of the return order.

We believe the necessary substantive orders have been obtained from the United Kingdom Courts. What is necessary now is for these orders to be recognized and enforced in Russia. Could you please let us have your advice on what needs to be done and how we can assist in the Russian Process?

Please feel free to let us know if you require more information or clarification. We look forward to working with you.

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

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

As you know, we have an order by the Family Court that I have joint
custody of the child with care and control to him. This means that the Court has ordered that the child will be cared for by me and to reside with me. The Family Court also ordered that the child will be returned to me.

Are there any legal measures under the civil or family law in Russia that may afford me similar orders in Russia? Can such orders similar or the same orders be made In Russia under the divorce regime?

I note also that you may be considering a criminal action in Russia against my wife. A criminal action here is not possible as the child is out of country and her act in taking the child away surreptitiously may not attract criminal sanctions here as it is likely that the authorities will see the same as a “domestic issue” to be issued by divorce proceedings or guardianship proceedings.

Will be grateful for your thoughts and comments.

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