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

Dear Mrs. Duvall,

Thank your for your quick response.

I'm Egyptian Living in Egypt, and my Wife is Living in Russia with the child.

My situation is as follow:

I was married in 2002 in Egypt and the marriage were registered in Russian Embassy, and got child born in Egypt and registered in the Russian embassy as well.

We got divorced in 2009 in Egypt and the Divorce were registered in Russian Embassy.

Then we got re-married in 2010, but as I knew it wasn't registered in Embassy nor in Russia, but according to Egyptian government our marriage is still valid.

Since then My wife or Ex-wife, left to Russia for vacation and took our little daughter and stayed in Russia, as by this Time I was working abroad so it was no need for her to stay in Egypt alone.

since then I didn't see my daughter and she is just black mailing me for money to see my daughter.

just for instance I have to send every couple of months extra money, more than what I'm sending on a monthly / Quarterly basis, just with the promise that I can see her (but never happened).

Now she already bought a flat in Moscow with this money, and forcing me to pay the installments just with the reason if I can let my daughter be on the street.

Now as she is gonna marry in Russia (despite we are still married in Egypt), and for me as I'm a Muslim, it's not acceptable to let my daughter to live with a stranger, need your help and advice's please.

N.B. I don't want make troubles for her, I just need to raise my kid in a good and healthy environment.

Your feed back and help is really very appreciated.

The documents will send to you next week as I'm out of Egypt for the moment.


In my professional opinion, you need to file divorce case first. We can represent you in divorce case.

You can file following issues:

1) Divorce only;

2) Divorce with visitation issues;

3) If you are interested equitable distribution of property (apartment in Moscow), you can file all issues together.

It is not possible to prohibit your wife to remarry after divorce. Unfortunately, you have no chance to get custody over your daughter due to she lives with mother. But if Elena going to marry before divorce gets done, you can dispute this marriage through the court. I can represent you in this case also, but think it will be much better and not so expensive to get divorce first from your side. It is making sense to file at least divorce and visitation issues in the same case.

To start your case in the Russian Federation, I need the following documentation from you:

1) The power of attorney from Russian Consulate, if possible;

2) Original of marriage certificate dated on 2013;

3) Original of birth certificate of your daughter.

I will be glad to help you. I will include consultation fee to the any future payments.

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