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June
2015
Child Marriage, Polygamy and ‘Astakhov Age’ in Russia
The Chechen Wedding A recent scandal surrounding the arranged marriage of a 57-year-old Chechen police chief and a 17-year-old school girl prompted heated media discussion on the legal marriage age and polygamy in Russia. The girl became the officer’s second wife, as permitted under the Muslim faith predominant in Chechnya. Despite the bride going on TV to state she was marrying of her own fre
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28
April
2015
ANOTHER INTERNATIONAL RUSSIAN ADOPTION GONE WRONG
Russian Adoption Problems Another heartbreaking case of a Russian adoption that has gone terribly wrong is currently being judicially reviewed in the United States. Nassau County Surrogate Court has denied a request to join Russia and the United States as parties to an action over adoption of two Russian-born children who allegedly suffer from serious mental disorders, Russian Legal Information A
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19
February
2015
WHAT YOU THINK OF AN IDEA GIVING BABY NAME IKEA? Interesting Russian Laws
Russian Family Law Developments   Russian law makers commenced working on a bill banning too exotic and insulting baby names, as well prohibiting parents from using figures, punctuation and other symbols in children’s names.   The bill proposes a list of names for civil registry offices. If parents wish to choose a name outside the list, they would need a special permission to do s
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5
February
2015
INTERNATIONAL FAMILY LAW: SAUDI ARABIA BILL TO STOP CHILD MARRIAGE
Changes to Saudi Arabia Family Law The Shura Council of Saudi Arabia might approve a new draft family law that would raise the age of marriage effectively prohibiting child marriage in the country. The draft law is currently pending approval by the Shura Council, the Consultative Assembly of Saudi Arabia. If adopted, the law will set the age of marriage at 18 and will prohibit underage girls
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17
November
2014
The First Russian Same-Sex Marriage Has Been Registered in St. Petersburg
Russian Family Law on Same-Sex Marriages Despite the prohibition by the Russian law, the first same-sex marriage has been recently registered in Russia. 7 November 2014 Irina and Alyona officially married in Russia’s St. Petersburg. The brides arrived at the registry office (#ZAGS)  both in wedding gowns holding flowers to sign the papers that marked the official start of their new family. A
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23
October
2014
NUMBER OF RUSSIAN ORPHANS DECLINES BUT SO DOES NUMBER OF RUSSIAN CHILDREN
The Number of Orphan Russian Children Falls, Changes to Russian Adoption Practices The number of orphan Russian children  went down to 93,000 in 2014 from 119,000 orphans two years ago, after the government introduced changes to Russian adoption practices. The government stressed the following factors played the key role in this: the introduction of grants and pensions for disabled Russian child
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16
October
2014
CIVIL PARTNERSHIP: ESTONIAN AND RUSSIAN EXPERIENCE
WHAT IS A CIVIL PARTNERSHIP  A civil partnership, also referred to as a civil union, is a legally recognized form of partnership similar to marriage. Civil partnerships are commonly criticised as being “separate but equal.” Marriage equality advocates say civil unions segregate same-sex couples by forcing them to use a separate institution. ESTONIAN LAW ON CIVIL PARTNERSHIP On 9 Oc
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6
October
2014
RUSSIA IS THE TOP DIVORCING NATION. RUSSIAN DIVORCE STATISTICS
Russian Divorce Rate Today Russia was rated the top divorcing nation by the UN closely followed by Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova. In modern Russia more than every second marriage fails.   Comparative table of the crude Russian divorce rate [the number of divorces per 1,000 population] & the Divorce to Marriage Ratio  country marriage divorce ratio year  Russia 9.2 4.8 51 2011 Au
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25
September
2014
HAGUE CONVENTION ON JURISDICTION, APPLICABLE LAW, RECOGNITION, ENFORCEMENT AND COOPERATION IN RESPECT OF PARENTAL RESPONSIBILITY AND MEASURES FOR THE PROTECTION OF CHILDREN 1996
The Hague Convention on parental responsibility and protection of children 1996 came into force for Russia on 1 June 2013 and as at 30 September 2014 is operative between the Russian Federation and the following countries[i]: Albania Australia Austria Belgium Bulgaria Croatia Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Ecuador Estonia Finland France Georgia Germany Greece Hungary Ireland Italy Latvia L
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25
September
2014
HAGUE CONVENTION ON THE CIVIL ASPECTS OF INTERNATIONAL CHILD ABDUCTION 1980
The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction 1980 came into force for Russia on 1 October 2011 and as at 30 September 2014 is operative between the Russian Federation and the following countries[i]: Andorra Argentina Armenia Belarus Bosnia and Herzegovina Brazil Bulgaria Chile China Colombia Croatia Czech Republic El Salvador Estonia Finland Fra
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22
September
2014
HIV AND AIDS AS GROUNDS FOR DIVORCE
A new Bill has been introduced into the Parliament of Azerbaijan proposing AIDS and HIV positivity of a spouse as new grounds for divorce. Couples intending to marry will need to submit a medical certificate with the relevant information along with other documents. If either party conceals the fact of HIV/AIDS the court will grant a divorce on the application of the aggrieved spouse. Azerbaijan i
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23
May
2014
RUSSIA MAY BAN SMOKING IN CARS CARRYING CHILDREN
The new Basic Guarantees of the Rights of the Child Amendments Bill has been introduced to the Russian Parliament proposing the ban on smoking in vehicles where children are present. Breaching the new provision will cost offenders from RUR 3,000 up to RUR 5,000 (the equivalent of USD 1,000 – 1,700). This is another important part of the government scheme to improve children’s health and
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16
May
2014
UK Court Declines to Recognise Divorce Granted by the Russian Consulate in London
A very interesting recent judgement by the Royal Court of Justice (UK). Munby J declined to recognise the validity of divorce of the Solovyovs spouses granted by the Russian Consulate in London. The marriage was registered in Russia in 2002 and terminated in London in April 2012. The divorce was granted in accordance with the Family Code of Russia and other relevant Russian law by the Russia Consu
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9
May
2014
Amendments to Russian Law Following Accession to the Hague Convention
Amendments have been made to the Civil Procedure Code, the Family Code of Russia, the federal laws On Bailiffs and On Enforcement, and the Law On Private Detective and Security Activities. The amendments are aimed at the practical implementation of the Convention Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, signed at the Hague on October 25, 1980, which came into force for Russia on 1 Octo
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8
May
2014
Russia Expands Adoption Ban to Countries where Same-Sex Marriage is Legal
Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has signed a decree banning the adoption of Russian children by same-sex couples, as well as by unmarried citizens of countries where same-sex marriage is legal. The decree was published on the government web portal and came into force on 12 February 2014. The document reads that adoption is allowed to adults of either sex with two exceptions: marrie
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8
May
2014
Amendments to the Family Code of Russia
The head of the lower house committee for family issues has described a new set of legislative amendments protecting the values shared by basic religions, and inspiring young people to choose marriage over cohabitation. MP Yelena Mizulina of the center-left Fair Russia party said that she opposed the complete rewriting of family laws, but urged changes in the existing ones so that a new Family
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5
April
2014
Russia Introduces Special Courts for Hague Convention Cases on International Child Abduction
Russia will establish special courts to adjudicate cases involving international child abduction cases, Deputy Minister for Education and Science Veneiamin Kaganov told RIA Novosti Monday. In 2011, Russia joined the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, which aims to facilitate the immediate retrieval of children unlawfully transported to any of the 87 membe
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3
April
2014
Russia May Ban the Use of Surrogate Mothers by Single Men
The lawmakers in Russia are working on a set of amendments that would effectively ban single men from using the services of surrogate mothers, governmental daily Rossiskaya Gazeta reports on Tuesday. The amendments will include for instance, a provision which would prohibit manipulation of the resulting child’s gender, with the rare exception for gender-based genetic deficiencies. The propos
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