Family and inheritance law
The lawyers help our clients with divorce procedures, including dividing matrimonial property, both in Russia and abroad. We are experienced in efficient representation to resolve international family and inheritance disputes, protect family assets from creditor claims, and minimize risks during bankruptcy. We also help our clients to define the way of communication with children, recover alimony, establish or contest paternity, execute pre- and post-nuptial agreements, draft, defend or contest a testament, conclude an inheritance agreement, obtain an inheritance.
International family disputes
Family disputes with foreign citizens or regarding the property abroad constitute a special field of our professional interest.
We will put our best effort to find the marital property abroad and divide it, protect the interests of children, including the cases when a parent takes a child abroad without another parent’s consent or prevents the child from traveling abroad.
Specialization in international family issues includes:
- Pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements, asset tracing, division of matrimonial property;
- All cases related to The Hague Convention on parental responsibility and protection of children (1996);
- All cases related to The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (1980) (child abduction & enjoyment of parental access rights);
- Simultaneous contesting of paternity in several jurisdictions;
- International adoption;
- Expertise in the area of jurisdiction, applicable law and the recognition and enforcement of decisions in matters of matrimonial property regimes, spousal maintenance, child support/alimony, including bilateral agreements, CONVENTIONS and COUNCIL REGULATIONS (EU).
Our specialisation and international relations allow us to represent the clients worldwide, working in close cooperation with foreign colleagues. We have collaborated with diplomatic and law enforcement authorities, legal professionals, and bodies coordinating family proceedings in Australia, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, the UAE, the USA, the UK, Ukraine and other countries.
Dissolving an unhappy marriage provides an opportunity for another happy one.
We will take care of all the formalities. We will collect all documents, draft a claim, participate in all court hearings, inform you on the progress, and provide consulting services at all the stages. If you prefer it that way, we can complete a divorce procedure in your absence while updating you on the progress in and outside of a courtroom. All you need is to provide us with documents and to arrive to a civil registry office to take your divorce certificate.
Dividing marital property
Each spouse has their own opinion on fair division of property. We will help you understand the details, develop a negotiation plan, consider all possible scenarios, and ground your standpoint, which will most likely mean a successful extrajudicial solution — or victory at court.
Marriage contracts and marital settlement agreements
It is possible and preferable to file division of property prior to any conflict. A marriage contract or marital settlement agreement will help you divide an apartment, protect your personal property from any business problems of your spouse, or, for example, release a wife from liability under her husband’s debts. In close collaboration with a notary public, we will analyze all nuances to execute your marriage contract wisely.
Settlement of disputes regarding children
There are no winners in the disputes regarding children, while children always lose. We will put our best effort to defend a child and a parent from any illegal manipulations of another party. We will help you understand the real intentions of another parent, put the situation into perspective, and settle your dispute by negotiation. We will help you define the place of a child’s residence, agree upon the convenient order of communication, recover alimony, or establish its terms and conditions. We will do our best so that the court orders are complied with.
People often do not think who will get the result of their labor.
We will draft and check all details of a testament. We will explain you if you need an inheritance agreement or a fund. We will defend the successor, including in other countries, contest an illegal testament, and take care of filing the inheritance.