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Russian Family Law

Russia is a civil law jurisdiction. The statutory law is the only source of law in this country. Family law is predominantly regulated by federal statutes, the most significant of them being:

  • the Family Code of Russia [1996]
  • the Civil Code of Russia [1996]
  • the Federal Law on Acts of Civil Status  [1997]
  • the Federal Law on Guarantees of the Rights of the Child  [1998]

The Plenum of the Supreme Court of Russia has adopted a number of important resolutions covering family law issues providing important guiding to courts and legal practitioners.

International treaties and conventions play the fundamental role in Russia’s legal system and upon ratification they become an inherent part of it.

Some of the key family law instruments are available in English and Russian for your convenience. Please note that family legislation is rapidly developing and the following acts may have been amended since publication.

Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction 25 October 1980

Hahue Convention on Jurisdiction, Applicable Law, Recognition, Enforcement and Cooperation in Respect of Parental Responsibility and Measures for the Protection of Children 19 October 1996

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