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Yuri Neklyaev represents clients in all aspects of matrimonial law matters. He focuses on family law litigation, including complex divorce cases and the distribution of marital assets located both in Ukraine and worldwide. With over 15 years of legal practice, Yuri handles all stages of litigation and has considerable experience representing clients in the Supreme Court. In addition to his litigation expertise, Yuri is a certified mediator, adept at resolving disputes through out-of-court settlements.

 

Yuri also provides legal support with paternity issues, child custody, parenting time and child support arrangements. He represents clients in international procedures outlined by the Hague Conventions for the return of children abducted by one parent.

 

Another area of Yuri's expertise is contractual work involving family-related matters, including preparation and execution of pre- and postnuptial agreements, any kind of spousal agreements, and contracts between civil partners.

 

Additionally, Yuri provides complex advice on the creation and implementation of effective, legally sound wills and estate plans. He also successfully represents clients in different court proceedings related to inheritance matters, including the coordination of multijurisdictional cases.

Recognition:
  • exclusive holder of Lexology Client Choice Award 2024 (Private Client, Ukraine)
  • recommended lawyer in family law, Best Lawyers 2022
  • exclusive holder of Lexology Client Choice Award 2024 (Private Client, Ukraine)
  • recommended lawyer in family law, Best Lawyers 2022
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Education:
  • Yaroslav the Wise National Law Academy (Ukraine), 2011
  • University of Hertfordshire (England), LL.M., 2011
  • International University of Human Development "Ukraine" (Ukraine), 2014
  • University of Geneva, Course "Children's Human Rights - An interdisciplinary introduction" Course, 2020
  • Ukraine Mediation Centre, kmbs, Basic Mediation Skills Program, 2023
Admission:
  • Admitted to the bar in Ukraine, 2012
  • Admitted to mediation, 2023
Languages:
English, Ukrainian, Russian
Membership and activities:
  • Ukrainian Bar Association, Deputy head of the Board Committee on Civil, Family and Inheritance Law
  • Author of numerous publications in Ukrainian and foreign media
Representative experience:
  • a Ukrainian former minister in a dispute with a former spouse involving the division of marital property, termination of ownership and protection of assets in courts of all instances and in enforcement proceedings related to access to the assets;
  • a Chairman of the Board of one of the biggest Ukrainian state enterprises in divorce proceedings, division of marital property and determination of children's place of residence;
  • a Ukrainian media entrepreneur and investor on all issues of Ukrainian law related to inheritance process, and settlement of disputes involving child custody and property relations;
  • a Ukrainian former minister in a dispute with a former spouse involving the division of marital property, termination of ownership and protection of assets in courts of all instances and in enforcement proceedings related to access to the assets;
  • a Chairman of the Board of one of the biggest Ukrainian state enterprises in divorce proceedings, division of marital property and determination of children's place of residence;
  • a Ukrainian media entrepreneur and investor on all issues of Ukrainian law related to inheritance process, and settlement of disputes involving child custody and property relations;
  • a foreign citizen couple (Spanish citizens) on surrogacy and conducting of negotiations with a clinic and drafting of a surrogacy agreement;
  • majority shareholder of a Ukrainian bank in settlement of a family dispute, including divorce proceedings and division of property in court;
  • the widow and children of the owner of an international IT company in the settlement of multijurisdictional inheritance dispute, including mediation and the conclusion of an agreement on the division of inherited property;
  • a EU citizen father in proceedings brought before Ukrainian courts regarding determination of paternity over the child;
  • foreign citizens (Denmark, UK, Netherlands, Turkey etc.) on dissolution of marriage in Ukraine;
  • a Turkish citizen on obtaining custody over his child who was abducted and retained by the child's mother in Ukraine;
  • a French citizen on recognition in Ukraine of a French court decision on child custody.
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