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

Our minor child stayed with the mother after divorce and I effect alimony payments. I have a reason to think that the money I transfer to my ex-wife’s personal account are spent on her. I have recently read in the Family Code that I can transfer half of the amount to my child’s personal account. Can I transfer the whole amount to my child’s personal account? Which documents shall I collect in order to transfer all or at least a part of alimony payments to my child’s personal account?

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Answer

You are not entitled to change the procedure of alimony payments by yourself. According to Art. 60 part 2 of the Family Code of the Russian Federation, all amounts payable to a child as alimony payments, pensions, and allowances are disposed by parents and shall be used for support, upbringing and education of the child. Upon parent’s request the court is entitled to deliver a judgment allowing to transfer up to 50% of alimony payments to bank accounts opened in the names of minor children. This means that alimony payment procedure can be changed only by court decision and only within 50%. I think that you have very small chances to obtain such judgment.

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