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Family Law: termination of parental rights, rights of the child, child support. (Russia)
I am US citizen who lives in Russia with Russian wife and child. I am hoping to avoid divorce, but if I am not successful, I'd like to schedule a consultation to have your feedback on the following questions:

1. What are my rights to see my child? She is 10 years old.

2. What are the financial responsibilities to my wife and daughter?

3. My 5 year residency is expiring in the next 6 months. I have questions about how to handle this as well as my registration should I need to move out of the house.

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

I looked throughout your website. I looked in Google, and checked out many different listings,
and you looked to be the best (I hope so!).

I am writing concerning my getting divorced in Russia. My wife is Russian but also has American citizenship. We were married in America. We have two children. Both of our children were born in America, but they also have Russian citizenship.

I want to file for divorce in Russia. I do not own any property in Russia, although I do own a house here in America. Both my wife and I are on the deed for the house. I have a few questions:

1. What are my chances of getting custody of my children, after they are 10 years old?

2. If a court orders custody for me, how can they enforce order?

3. If my wife violates/restricts access for me, what can happen to her?

I know that probably I won’t get custody, but I can visit Russia twice during the year.

4. Would I be able to have time alone with my kids? I would like to be able to email my daughter, call and text on her phone, without my wife’s interference, and to Skype every day, even if just for a few minutes. When I go to bed, they are getting ready for school, and when I’m having lunch at school, they are getting ready for bed. I want to have a routine with them. I’d like to play checkers and chess online with my son. I have told my wife that I would pay more for a larger flat, and for them to get Internet in the flat, along with an actual computer for the kids to communicate with me.

I do not want to lose contact with my children, or to have my wife sever the relationship between my kids and me. I feel that I have no hope!

5. When the court looks at my income and decides what % should go to child support, do they consider how much further money goes in Russia, and if the court orders it to be 1/3 of my income, is that before or after taxes?

6. If I do not provide my income information to the Russian court, how will they base the amount of child support? Isn't the formula roughly 1/3 of the father's income for 2 children? Can you give me an idea of how much this amount might be?

7. Is it true that a Russian court largely will not address any property in America for a property settlement? If so, my wife's name is on the deed, and even if I get to keep the house, I do need to get her to sign a document that removes her name from the deed, so that I will be able to sell or re-finance the house in the future. I'd be willing to pay her a lump sum to get her to sign this document.

You have 100% rights for divorce in Russia and visitations with your children. Typically, you can get physical visitations two or three times in year, and Skype visitations on weekly basis.

Family Law: divorce proceedings, conclusion of marriage (Russia)
Hello, my name is John.

In August 2006, I brought Olga Sevastyanova over to the United States
from Russia. We married on October 2006. She became pregnant and gave birth to our son in Russia in one year.

She went back to Russia in June 2008 to visit her family and has never returned. Olga contacted me later that year via Skype and showed me divorce documents and informed me that we were now divorced.

I have tried unsuccessfully since 2010 to get a divorce here in the United States to no avail because the attorneys here have been unable to attain the divorce papers from Russia proving we are indeed divorced.

I have been wanting to remarry but have not been able to do so because according to the US I am still married. I need to get divorced from Olga.

I was hoping that with your expertise you would be able to help me get this ordeal behind me so I can move on with my life.

Thank you in Advance,


Family Law: divorce proceedings, conclusion of marriage (Russia)
I'll get to the point to save your time .

My Russian wife that i married in
Australia just sent me a divorce certificate out of the blue. She is in Moscow now and i am here in Australia.

I don't think its real and i need you guys to help me. I need to know if this is real and how i go about getting a real one if i need to. Hi thank you for your reply. To decide what to do we need to find out if the document is real and then if it is we can organize a plan based on that.

I would appeal it if it was real.

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

Questions of registration and citizenship (Russia)
My child's father (US citizen) doesn't give consent for my son to get a citizenship of a country of my citizenship. I have a sole legal and physical custody and he has visitations on weekends. The court order says i need his consent only for traveling out of country. The embassy says that his rights are not terminated so they need his father's consent. And it's in child's best interest to get dual citizenship. Is it possible to sue the embassy or other legal ways that consulate agree not to request his consent?

Family Law: divorce proceedings, conclusion of marriage (Russia)
My ex-wife went to the Zags to disclose the marriage status. and She sent to me the copy of the divorce certificate issued by the Zags in Moscow. This is not the court decision. it is mutual agreement by Zags .
We got married registered in the same Zags in Moscow. I don't know it is registered in Russia or not.
If I got married in the Zags in Moscow for international marriage, It would be supposed to be registered in Moscow.

Anyway. I need a real certificate(lifetime) from the Zags. After paying 100% in advance, How can I be sure that I can get the right document ? Are you confident 100% ?

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

Family Law: divorce proceedings, conclusion of marriage (Russia)
My husband is Russian citizen with green card in the USA. He mentally abusing me and using me financially. I'm tired of taking care of him. I want to move on and divorce.

Family Law: termination of parental rights, rights of the child, child support. (Russia)
What should an American father do when his six year old British girl does not want to visit the United Sates before child custody ends at age 18? The child is very fearful if she comes back to the US she will be stuck since the dad is trying to change custody and she is afraid to be stuck here in the US.

This is why the British courts have ruled that she does not have to visit the United States before child custody end at age 18. Because the child is born in the UK and has never visited the United State, she is not subject to a US child custody order.

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