Ten years in prison for divorce if you live in Russia

Ten years for visiting Granny

In late March, the Russian public, especially parents of underage children, were literally in  a state of shock.

State Duma deputies had prepared a new draft law that, if passed, would dramatically alter the rights of divorced parents and make it a criminal penalty to take children outside their home vicinity with out permission

According to the draft law, divorced parents who prevented their spouse from seeing their children by taking them abroad or to another city would be subject to harsh punishment—10 years in prison. No more and no less with no exceptions.

The ham fisted legislation has enraged civil society groups and family welfare campaigners because they believe the law has been drafted without any thought whatsoever.

What happens if you want to take them to see Granny in the next town? According to the law, if you did not seek permission of your ex partner, you can be brought before the courts and sent to prison for ten years.

This post was written by Mark Keenan. Editor of the Divorce Online Blog and Managing Director of Online Legal Service Ltd. Mark has been writing about divorce and related subjects for over 20+ years and is an expert in legal marketing.

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