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Given that property cannot be divided by Russian courts, and should my wife move to the USA meaning Alimony will be decided in the USA – in your opinion is it in my best interests to get divorced in Russia or America? It appears to me that I will end up paying 2 times for lawyers, i.e. in the USA and Russia. Therefore, is it not better to simply get divorced in the USA...... My first assumption being that the divorce, alimony and financial agreements could be decided by Russian courts would be enforced in the UK and USA. This does not seem to be the case.


You cannot demand alimony from yourself. Your wife has the right to request alimony. It’s difficult to imagine the situation when she goes with such suit to Russian court. I would not file for alimony to Russian court because there is no treaty about legal redress between Russian and USA, and between Russian and UK. And to enforce such decision of Russian court one should go to court again. But for voluntary fulfillment, it’s enough just to sign a notary agreement and court is not needed at all.

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