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

My husband and I are divorced. Our daughter will be 18 next year. She entered a university this year (contractual education). The father refuses to finance daughter’s education. Can I (or daughter) bring a case against him in a court and require alimony payments until graduation from the university?

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Answer

According to Art. 80 of the Family Code of the Russian Federation parents must support their minor children. Parents determine methods and forms of support. In case parents do not provide their minor children with financial support (alimony payments) such financial support shall be recovered judicially. According to Art. 85 part 1 of the Family Code of the Russian Federation parents must support their children after they reach the legal age only in case the children are unemployable (disabled). Studying in a higher education institution is not a disablement and doesn't entail an obligation to effect alimony payments. You daughter is entitled to chose an education form that will allow her to work as her parents do not have to support her after she reaches 18 years.

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