Legal defense in court in civil cases including: divorces, child support, the alimony obligations, adoptions, inheritance proceedings. Legalization of foreign divorces, search of divorce records in Russia, ex-USSR, United States. Registration, legalization of documents, apostilles. Restoration of certificates of marriage and divorce, of birth and death in Russia, the former USSR, USA, Europe, Australia, and other countries.
Karina Duvall
Karina Duvall

International aid

Attorney at law,
Family and Matrimonial Law Russia & CIS

Tatyana Golubchyk
Tatyana Golubchyk

Washington DC

Anna Carley
Anna Carley, Esq.

Family Law, Personal Injury
Licensed in New York & New Jersey

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Family Law: divorce proceedings, conclusion of marriage (USA)
I am writing a story about divorce in Russia. I would like to interview you and have your opinion on the subject.

These are the questions i would like to address:

1. What are the main reasons, according to you, behind the high divorce rates in Russia?

2. Do you believe that these issues might be related to marrying early, infidelity, alcoholism?

3. What has the government done now and what more can it do to affect the divorce rate?

4. How many divorces to you handle a year?

5. Are divorces easier in Russia? If yes, why?

6. What part to children play in the divorce? What is the perspective in Russia toward paying child support etc.?

7. Do you see a change in trend in the past two decades? Are younger people not going to have such a high divorce rate? If yes, why?

8. Lastly, have I forgotten anything on the subject? If yes please write any additional comment.

Thank you very much!

Immigration Law (Russia)
I am Ukrainian citizen. Is it possible to have 2 residences and 2 visas (to make residence and permanent visa in Russia keeping at the same time my residence (green card) in United States?

Family Law: termination of parental rights, rights of the child, child support. (Ukraine)
Good afternoon, Karina. I am the editor of the show “хххххххххххх” on the nationwide broadcast channel “хххххххххх”.

We are searching for the American family that adopted three children from Ukraine and then returned them to their grandmother.

We know that this grandmother, to whom the children were returned, is going to file action against the people who adopted the children. I have the information that you are aware of this situation. If you possess any information, please right me a letter. We need to find out the opinion of the foster parents.

Family Law: divorce proceedings, conclusion of marriage (Russia)
I am married to Russian woman since July 2013. It is a long story but I have known her for more than 5 years before we married. We live in the United States. However since October she is pregnant and changed completely and does not speak any English at home and sleeps with her son in one bed and I sleep alone. I tried to talk to her but she refuses to talk at all.

Now in my state it is not possible to divorce when you are not married for 1 year. So I wonder if it is at all possible to divorce in Russia now? She lives legally with me in the United States and has a residence card based on the fact she is married to me. If the answer is yes, could you help me with this? And what would be the costs?

Just FYI I take full responsibility of the baby and don’t want in any way dump her or something. But I believe that a child should grow up in a normal family situation and not in a house where husband and wife basically have no relation at all and do not communicate about anything. The few times she has spoken she said she believes she has made a terrible mistake by marrying me. And I must say that she may be right.

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

Family law : divorce and division of property. (Russia)
If i know the requirements i could begin to negotiate a settlement. My main concern is that the purchased properties were acquired while married and i'm really not keen on just handing her half of the value there when this money was earned by my hard work years before i met her. Can you advise me on this?

Family Law: divorce proceedings, conclusion of marriage (Russia)
I would like to pay an attorney to get my Russian marriage annulled. My wife and I were married in St. Petersburg on 1 Feb 2013. How long will it take to get the marriage annulled? How much would it cost?

I thought that extra money might make the process go faster. Once the US divorce is finalized, I will then hire you to see about getting the marriage annulled. I will keep in touch with you.

Family Law: divorce proceedings, conclusion of marriage (Russia)
Is it more favorable for me to get a divorce or to prevent it?

If I should
try to divorce, where should I do it? And if I get divorce in one country, for example Russia, will all the others have to accept the decisions as per custody, alimony etc?

Is it possible to get a divorce without the consent of both sides in Russia, and do we have to be in or visit Russia?

If we get divorce in Russia, what will be the possible decisions of the court, if we prove alcoholism and what if we can't prove alcoholism? Alimony, custody, division of property/wealth, and others.

How can we prove alcoholism? Especially if we will not be in Russia during the divorce process?

What will be the effects of the decision of the court in Russia on the property abroad? For example if Russia decides the goods/properties should be divided, how will this be done in United States?

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

Family Law: termination of parental rights, rights of the child, child support. (Russia)
Hi, my name is Arthur. Two months ago my wife decided go back in Russia. She filed for divorce in U.S. I think it didn't look good for her and she fled to Russia. What I can to do, and what I can expect in future?

Family law : divorce and division of property. (Russia)
I am hoping you will be able to assist with what the correct process is to seek a legal separation from my wife who is Russian. Our circumstances are the following:

- I am a Dual Citizen of Australia and USA. I am resident in Australia; ex is in New York, soon to return to Russia
- Married in St Petersburg in 2008
- Separated for 1 year and 8 months
- Have no children
- Amicable separation
- Joint asset is an apartment in joint names in Australia

I have 2 main questions:

1. how I should dissolve the marriage, whether this needs to take place in Russia, Australia and United States?

2. How to formalize the separation of assets/wealth - I wish to propose an amount (which we agreed verbally) and ensure . What is law in Russia with regards to what she is legally entitled to. Ideally I wish to do this ASAP and prior to the divorce.

Please could you also confirm your services and how you could assist in drafting a separation letter, arranging legal divorce in Russia/UK.

thanks in advance.

Family Law: termination of parental rights, rights of the child, child support. (Russia)
As we planning to have a baby, if in future we get separated/divorced what are the possibilities to child being with me? Is it possible to have a condition about future children on the prenuptial agreement?

Family Law: termination of parental rights, rights of the child, child support. (Russia)
So, the question is, what will happen if she goes to Russia?

As both Russia and United
States are part to the Hague Convention, will Russia recognize the American court's provisional decision and give the kids to me? Or in practice it doesn't work that way?

I would need detailed information based on concrete info from the Russian law, because how I will act here depends completely on your answers.

Many thanks in advance :)

Family Law: divorce proceedings, conclusion of marriage (Russia)
I am an British Citizen. I left London 12 years ago and working for an international company since, with various assignments.

I married a Russian girl in July 2012 - Catholic Ceremony - NO civil Marriage. We currently live & work now in China and will both be here on work permits shortly.

We are now expecting a baby boy in July 2013. In order for the bay boy to have my surname - we must be married (i.e Civil marriage). We are currently NOT civilly married in any country.

So, we are traveling to Moscow in March to get civil marriage. My wife is preparing the paper works. I have got a notarized letter in British confirming that I have never been married.

Could you provide some advise on British Citizen (myself) getting married to a Russian Citizen in Russia. i.e in the event of a problem what is the Divorce law in Russia; and are there any course where an application could be made within the British court system?

Family Law: adoption, guardianship (Russia)
Hi my name is Arthur. I would like to ask you some questions, for payment, and possibly retain your services.

The facts of my case are as follows.

I am a resident of New York.

My girlfriend is a resident of St. Petersburg here on a H1B visa that is good for 2 1/2 more years she is 24.

She got pregnant and left to live with her mom in Russia She is currently 3 months pregnant.


if she stays in Russia do I have to pay child support (I want to support the child just don't want to me taken to the cleaners)?

if she come back to NY can the child be kept here?

dose she sue for support here in NY or in Russia?

will I need an attorney in both places?

if a judgement is entered in Russia can it be enforced in NY even though I haven't seen the child

I do want joint custody, and I do want to be a part of this child life and care for him/her

I will be happy to pay for your time in answering theses questions and more.

Family Law: divorce proceedings, conclusion of marriage (Russia)
I am an American citizen and My wife is Russian. We were married in Moscow 5 years ago. She immigrated to America. Our time together was not pleasant because she was never satisfied with anything. Even though I have a very good income, there was never enough money to satisfy her. Nothing was ever good enough. She was not affectionate and certainly not passionate in any way often refusing sexual relations with me. It is obvious that she married me for a green card, for money and for material goods.

Last October, I sent her back to home to St. Petersburg where she remains today. I had hoped that this would affect a change in her attitude but it has not. So, how do I get divorced from her in Russia? Do I have to appear in Russia? Does she have to agree to the divorce?

The only community property we have is our house in America. She took the money from our joint bank account ($20000) with her when she left. The equity in our house is about the same as the cash. So, I believe that I should get the house. She does not live here any more and it is best if she does not return. She now lives with her family in Saint Petersburg which is exactly where she was before our marriage.

We do not have children. We do not have a pre-nup agreement.

Questions for our consultation:

My wife is in Saint Petersburg & I am in New York. Do we file for divorce in Moscow? We were married in Moscow.

If she agrees to the divorce, it becomes an administrative process, right?

She won't agree because she wants a big cash settlement - above the $20000 she already took.

What happens if she does not respond?

The only community property we have is our house. Is it possible that the court would award that to me? There is about $40000 equity that all came from my earnings.

We were married only 5 years and 3 of them were terrible. About how much would court awarded monthly alimony be? For how long? She's lives with her mother - which is exactly where I found her 5 years ago.

What documents am I required to provide? I may not have our original marriage certificate but I certainly have a copy.

How quickly can you file for the divorce?

How long until it's over?

I assume that I have to appear in court - which is an expensive trip. It would be better to settle out of court (cash bonus, no alimony, I get the house).

I am afraid that if we go to court, my wife will start ranting & screaming charging me with all kinds of abuse & atrocities (that is her style & she's good at it). My fear is that I get arrested in Russia for charges my wife makes. Is that possible? I cannot count the times that she threatened to call the police or go to my office and start screaming or go to the neighbors & start screaming. This extortion technique was employed by her any time she ran out of money and demanded more. She should be in the mafia.

Family Law: divorce proceedings, conclusion of marriage (Russia)
Dear Ms. Krasnova:

I live in Florida USA, but I travel to Moscow for business. While here
last year I met a nice lady. The relationship is developing very well, and I anticipate marriage sometime in the future.

So, I was wandering about laws covering marriage in Russia. I am currently divorced and I would like to understand how to protect myself from losing what assets I have left.

Please let me know if you can help me.

Family Law: termination of parental rights, rights of the child, child support. (Ukraine)
Dear Karina, I saw your web site a brief of my problem, I am to marry a lady from the Ukraine, but her ex will not sign papers to take her daughter out of Ukraine unless I pay him a large sum of money I saw on your site their is a way to do it with out his consent as long as i can prove her living will be better, if you can help or tell me some one who can you would have my thanks.

Family Law: termination of parental rights, rights of the child, child support. (Russia)
Dear Karina, I have consulted a lawyer in Russia and I was told that my child and I will not be able to pass the customs control without a notarized consent of my former husband as I have a fiancé(e) visa. Is it true?

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