Thursday, December 22, 2011


We received this bit of information today but as you can see it is vague so we aren't sure what it means for us. I mentioned this in a previous blog. Stay tuned.

Changes to the 10 Day Waiting Period
"Our agency" has confirmed Russia has passed a law which extends its waiting period from 10 days to 30 days on all civil cases, taking effect on January 1, 2012.

As adoption falls under the civil court, we are expecting this law to apply to both international and domestic adoptions in the Russian Federation. At this time there has not been any formal instruction to the regional courts to exclude (waive the extension of the waiting period) adoptions cases from this law, therefore, we are anticipating this law will also apply to adoption cases.

The waiting period is the time that must elapse between your court date and the date which your adoption decree comes into force, at which time you legally become the parent to your child.

It is important to note this law is not designed specifically to adoption, but to all civil matters (ie - divorce, lawsuit, etc.).

We will forward additional information regarding the impact this law will have on adoption cases as we receive it. We are hoping to receive additional information after Russia returns from holiday, approximately the week of January 11, 2012.

Hang in there until we have news.


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