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

Dear Karina

Could you please let me know if there is a chance of claiming the child support in my case.

Two children: born 1993 and 1995. The order for child support from their father was received in Russia, St. Petersburg on 1996. In accordance with the Russian laws, the child support was ordered as 33% from all his earnings.

The father's whereabouts was not known, hence no alimony could be claimed for all this time. Only very recently, we managed to google him up. Apparently, he changed the surname and changed occupation. Luckily, for the past 18 years or so, he worked as a financial broker and was employed in one of the structures of the Morgan Stanley and has lived in New York for at least past 15 years. In other words, his earnings are fairly easy to trace down. He is (was) a citizen of Russia and Israel, and possibly has US citizenship by now.

I will provide all necessary details if you tell me that the case has any potential.

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Answer

It's a tough case. The best thing to do is to open a case in Russia, get a fixed amount of child support, and then enforce child support order in New York. A lawyer can open a case to assist Russian court in obtaining income information.

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