BGP Litigation lawyers possess strong expertise in supporting family disputes, matters of division of marital (community) property, payment of child support, arranging for child custody and visitation, challenging marriage contracts and wills, restriction or termination of parental rights, establishing and challenging paternity.
BGP Litigation has a unique practice that handles cross-border parenting disputes, returning children in case of unlawful removal or retention under the rules of the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, temporary departure from and permanent move outside of the Russian Federation in case of relocation of one of the parents and the other parent’s disagreement.
To prevent financial risks, we take special case to analyse the client’s family, inheritance, and business situation, and issues of protecting business owners or managers and their families from subsidiary liability for the company’s debts. We structure asset ownership and management via marriage contracts, marital settlement agreements, wills, private funds and international trusts, allowing to keep private capital intact and ensure uninterrupted ownership and management of the same.
We render the following legal assistance to our clients:
Advising on issues of family law and inheritance planning.
Representing the client before notaries public, public authorities, and courts in family and inheritance disputes, cases on the return of unlawfully removed and retained children, and the protection of honour, dignity, and business reputation.
Conducting negotiations and mediation procedures.
Drafting marriage contracts, marital settlement agreements, agreements on child support and custody, wills, inheritance contracts, and agreements between heirs on dividing the estate.
Advising clients on matters of recognition and enforcement in Russia of foreign marriage contracts, marital settlement agreements, wills, etc.
Analysing the client’s family and business situation to minimise inheritance risks, and elaborating a strategy for handing down wealth to the future generations.
Structuring asset ownership and management via private and testamentary funds, foreign trusts and foundations.
Supporting cross-border inheritance and probate procedures in foreign jurisdictions.
Preventing financial and corporate risks in case of dissolution of marriage or inheritance, bankruptcy of the spouses (or one of them), subsidiary liability or creditors’ claims.
BGP Litigation lawyers engage in human rights activism and elaborating legislative proposals to improve the existing legal framework, teach workshops at the country’s top universities, and sit on the expert councils with public authorities and non-governmental organisations, as well as have authored monographs on family law.
Defending woman’s rights to openly speak about domestic violence
From 2018, Alexandra Ivanova had been suffering from assault from her ex-husband. After the enforcement authorities instituted a criminal case, she spoke about her experience in an interview to a popular TV channel.
Believing that in doing so she had denigrated his honour and business reputation, the ex-husband sued Alexandra and the TV channel. The court of first instance sided with the husband. It recognised that the respondents had disseminated false information and obliged them to delete and disavow what had been said in the interview. The court also ordered that Alexandra compensate the claimant’s pain and suffering.
Valentina Frolova, Attorney and Senior Associate with the BGP Litigation’s Family Law practice, has secured a judgment by the Supreme Court of the Republic of Crimea on the removal from the lower court’s decision of the order to delete and disavow the client’s statements about the abuse.