Child custody

Japan to join child abduction treaty

Members of the Diet attend a plenary session to vote to join the 1980 Hague Convention on international child abduction, at the lower house in Tokyo. Photo: AP

Japan's parliament has approved joining an international child custody treaty amid foreign pressure for Tokyo to address concerns that Japanese mothers can take children away from foreign fathers without recourse.

Thursday, 23 May, 2013, 2:40am

Divorced Briton confesses to killing his children in France

A 48-year-old divorced Briton locked in a bitter custody battle has confessed to killing his two young children by slitting their throats near the eastern French city of Lyons. The bodies of a five-year-old girl and a 10-year-old boy were discovered on Saturday afternoon in the man's apartment in Saint-Priest, a suburb of Lyons. Witnesses said the man, covered in blood, fled the scene of the crime on roller skates.

21 May 2013 - 3:08am

Using technology to manage divorce

Parenting schedules can provide certainty and stability for the co-parents and their children. Photo: MCT

I commend you for publishing details on how technology can help co-parenting within divorced or separated families for the benefit of the children involved. The article cites Google Calendar, Skype, apps, text messaging, online agendas, e-mail and internet resources as helpful technology to cool acrimony and promote co-operation.

3 Mar 2013 - 3:32am

Letters to the Editor, October 5, 2012

Children's welfare should come first in any divorce. Photo: AFP

Stark omission in air pollution measures

5 Oct 2012 - 1:46am

HK is taking steps to put children first in divorce cases and should do more

The break-up of a marriage is a painful experience. The trauma is even more poignant when a consensus on child custody cannot be reached. It is not uncommon to see children used as weapon by warring parents in the courtroom as a result, with the proceedings dragging for years in some extreme cases. Such disputes only add to the ordeal of the parties involved and weigh down our judges.

8 Sep 2012 - 2:36am

Family judges to have more control over child custody cases

Judge Michael Hartmann says the hardest cases involve loving parents who both think they know what's best for the child. Photo: Dickson Lee

Family judges are to have greater control in child custody proceedings to cut down on unnecessary disputes between divorced couples that are often plagued by irrelevant evidence.

3 Sep 2012 - 4:20am