Family and Inheritance disputes

Family and Inheritance disputes


ALRUD’s Dispute Resolution Practice has extensive experience in representing both Russian and foreign clients in complex family and inheritance disputes.

Our lawyers are up to date with the latest legislative developments and court practice tendencies in the field. Close cooperation with specialists from other departments, especially with Private Client Practice, ensures an integrated approach and contributes to careful analysis of each issue.

ALRUD’s dispute resolution practice is characterized by a wide geography of its services: our lawyers have an experience of representing the clients in almost all regions of Russia, in the CIS countries and in cross-border disputes.

Conducting a thorough preliminary analysis allows ALRUD lawyers to objectively assess the client's chances of success as well as the associated risks and provide effective practical recommendations on protecting the interests of the client.

Our Services

  • Advising the clients on divorce issues (by either through the court or the registry office), invalidating a marriage, distribution of jointly acquired property and debt obligations.

  • Advising the clients on determining the child’s place of residence, determining a parenting time schedule, depriving and restricting parental rights, establishing and contesting paternity.

  • Advising the clients on the recovery of child support, spousal support and parental alimony.

  • Advising the clients on invalidating the will, the restoration of the term for acceptance of an inheritance, the establishment of the fact of acceptance of an inheritance, recognition of an heir unworthy, recognition of rights to a hereditary portion.

  • Analysis of documents and other materials, assessment of the prospects of the case, elaboration of a strategy on the case.

  • Representation of the clients in courts of general jurisdiction, arbitrazh courts and arbitral tribunals in disputes concerning family and inheritance matters.

  • Providing expert reports on Russian family and inheritance legislation for foreign courts and arbitral tribunals.

Highlights of recent domestic and international work

A wealthy entrepreneur and beneficial owner of a large German industrial holding

in cross-border divorce proceedings involving complex issues of applicable law and the jurisdiction of Russian and German courts in relation to custody of children, as well as the distribution of property and recovery of child support issues.

A former spouse of a Russian and Armenian oligarch

in the dispute, which concerned complex issues of the inheritance and family law, as well as the legal regime for the recognition and enforcement of foreign court decisions on family law issues. As a result, ALRUD helped the Client to reduce a number of heirs and to raise additional objections in the dispute relating to recognition and enforcement of the court decision.

A wealthy entrepreneur, Russian and English resident,

during the divorce proceedings in Russia, that was initiated simultaneously with the divorce proceedings in the UK. ALRUD involvement allowed the client to obtain the divorce in the UK prior to her husband could get it in Russia, protect the client’s financial interests and confirm her rights to the property acquired during the marriage but registered to her spouse’s name.

A wealthy entrepreneur from Lithuania

in difficult divorce proceedings in Russia initiated by a Russian spouse acting in bad faith with the aim of illegal obtaining full ownership of a number of valuable immovable assets in Moscow that were acquired during the marriage at the expense of both spouses. In addition to the main divorce proceedings, the case was complicated by a number of parallel proceedings aimed at creating fake debt and enforcement of fake mortgage loans in favor of persons affiliated with the spouse.

An entrepreneur and beneficiary owner of one of the largest digital environment operators in Russia

on the issue of challenging the increase of charter capital, initiated by a bad-faith spouse in order to obtain ownership over a number of valuable assets in the process of division of community property. ALRUD lawyers have elaborated the comprehensive strategy including justification of lack of proof for invalidating the disputable transactions and also justification of economic viability of transactions taking into account the conducted analysis of the corporate structure of the group of companies and peculiarities of the company’s business activities.

The U.S. citizen

in the divorce case, involving the determination of the place of residence of the child who was abducted by his mother, considered by the Russian court. The dispute was complicated by the parallel identical proceedings initiated earlier before the American court, and the unfavorable political climate.

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