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Divorce suit

If you made the decision to divorce you’ll have to file a formal divorce suit.  Usually, the divorce suit also includes a proposal as to how to divide common property and debt commitments.

There are two ways to file a divorce suit:

  1. Apply for divorce through register office.
  2. Apply for divorce through the court.

Your ability to file a Divorce suit through register office is allowed only if the following conditions are met:


  • Mutual agreement of both spouses about divorce
  • Formal application for divorce filed by one or both spouses
  • Payment of state fees
  • The wife is not pregnant
  • No common underage children


If the couple has common underage children divorce through register office is possible if:


  • A spouse is incarcerated for 3 years at the least
  • A spouse is considered to be absent (his/her whereabouts are unknown)
  • If a spouse is declared by the court to be incompetent


If all of the above-listed circumstances are met, the register office, typically, will grant official divorce within 30 days from the receipt of the divorce application.

Divorce suit through the court.

If you file your divorce suit through the court, the marriage is considered to be dissolved from the moment of the court’s decision. But, there is a final step you must complete.  You must take an abstract of court’s decision and a number of other documents about your divorce to the registry office.  After the registry office has all the necessary documents, they will issue a certificate that confirms your marriage is dissolved and all necessary documents have been filed.

There are many documents which are needed to complete the process of a divorce suit through the court:


  • An application to dissolve the marriage
  • A check to pay any state fees
  • A copy of your passport
  • A marriage certificate (or a duplicate of marriage certificate)
  • Birth certificate of your child (duplicate or a notarially verified copy)
  • Form 7 (the form that shows the size of your living space).
  • Form 9 (the form that confirms your regular or temporal registration at the place of your whereabouts and if your child stays there with you)
  • An excerpt from house-register book
  • An agreement about children
  • Marriage contract (agreement)
  • Other documents which might be requested during the divorce process.


According to Article 17 of Russian Federation Family Law, the court has the right reject an application to dissolve a marriage if a spouse is pregnant or the couple has a child less than one year old.

The divorce suit process usually takes a minimum of 2 months.

The process of gathering all the necessary documents is long and complex.  If you don’t have time, energy, desire or opportunity to collect all the necessary documents , our divorce specialists can assemble the documents for you and file them with the court.

We highly recommend that you consider having us provide this service for you.  There are many benefits:

  • Save considerable time
  • Peace of mind that everything is done properly
  • Avoid running around to different offices, standing in long queues, dealing with bureaucrats
  • A full qualified law consultation from us and any other legal support you may need
  • Courtroom representation
  • Protection of your all your rights and interests in court
  • Proper composition of your marriage dissolve writ
  • A complete, correct package of all necessary documents for your application
  • Payment of all state fees

We prepare all documents within 1 working day from the moment of payment for our service.