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Conflict of Laws

Should children have a say in their parents' divorce?

Vanessa Wong Man-chi, 16, Diocesan Girls' School

Tuesday, 3 January, 2012, 12:00am

For money or love? Law may bring awakening

A controversial judicial interpretation of the mainland's Marriage Law by the Supreme People's Court last week may eventually change long-standing views about how one chooses a spouse, legal professionals and newlyweds say.

16 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Confusing form spells trouble for parted couples

Confusion surrounding the legal definition of marital status has put a separated couple at risk of criminal prosecution.

A senior lawyer specialising in family law said more estranged couples could fall into the same trap if the Immigration Department fails to clarify one of its forms.

15 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Guideline helps courts enforce judgments

The Supreme People's Court has issued another guideline designed to tackle common difficulties faced by court officials when trying to enforce judgments in civil lawsuits - a major problem plaguing the mainland judicial system and weakening judicial authority.

23 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

When love is gone

Divorce is on the rise in Hong Kong. Around 19,000 couples applied for a divorce last year - eight times more than in 1981. This figure means that around one in four couples who say 'I will' are doomed to eventually say 'I want out'.

21 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Law gender-neutral so sex change no bar, court told

If the right to marriage is interpreted only as the right to marry a chromosomal opposite, that is not a right at all in the case of one post-operative transsexual woman who wants to wed her boyfriend, a court heard yesterday.

10 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Courts told to hear more cases against government officials

A new regulation protecting the rights of people who attempt to take legal action against government officials has been announced by the mainland's top court.

The regulation, from the Supreme People's Court, urges courts at all levels to accept and hear more such cases, Xinhua reported.

However, one lawyer said little would change under the regulation.

17 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Millions at stake in 'divorce forum shopping', court ruling shows

Divorce proceedings are notoriously messy, with possible legal battles over custody of children as well as the division of assets.

Now, with an alarming ruling by the Court of Appeal last Wednesday, parties in a divorce may also have to fight a battle over the jurisdiction in which the divorce will be recognised.

21 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Judge urges change to divorce law

A judge in a bitter divorce case involving a tycoon and his wife, and assets estimated at HK$870 million, has called for a review of divorce legislation, saying present laws do not allow parties to seek settlements in Hong Kong regarding their assets if they get divorced abroad.

18 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Corrections & clarifications

One answer in the last Tax File Q&A (March 1, 2009) wrongly suggests inheritance tax could depend on residency of the spouse. Matters of inheritance tax are decided on domicile and not residence, and Mr Bilton had indeed meant domicile, not residency. The error was made in the editing process. We regret any confusion this caused.

29 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

World's legal minds to tackle gay wedlock at HK conference

Hong Kong plans to host its first large conference on international litigation co-operation today in a bid to further raise its profile as a legal services hub.

On the agenda is the thorny issue of the international recognition of gay marriages.

24 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Landmark divorce ruling may unlock protected riches

Even the apparently protected assets of Hong Kong's rich could be at risk during divorce proceedings following a landmark judgment earlier this year, lawyers have warned.

3 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Benefits rules 'work'

Rules preventing double housing benefits in the civil service need not be reviewed, as most of 62 cases of violations over the past three years were only 'technical' breaches, according to a top official.

But unionist legislator Lee Cheuk-yan argued that the rules could be discriminatory to married women.

20 May 2008 - 12:00am

Legal conflicts on rise as expat couples divorce

Case in Ireland highlights international differences in law

A case in which a Hong Kong woman asked an Irish court to ignore a divorce she obtained in Hong Kong years before has highlighted an increasing trend of disputes in international divorces arising from a conflict of laws in different jurisdictions.

28 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Doubts over widening court deal

Hong Kong and the mainland should explore extending a pact signed yesterday on mutual recognition of commercial court judgments to cover rulings in family and labour cases, a top mainland jurist said.

But a leading Hong Kong lawyer and the city's acting solicitor- general voiced reservations.

15 Jul 2006 - 12:00am