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'Corporate veil' cast aside as UK court rules on divorce settlement

Yasmin Prest

A landmark ruling in Britain, in which the Supreme Court found that company assets held by a spouse can be handed over as part of settlement claims, is likely to affect divorce proceedings in Hong Kong.

Sunday, 16 June, 2013, 6:42am

Rupert Murdoch files for divorce from wife No 3 Wendi Deng

The Murdochs at a Hollywood function in 2011. Photo: EPA

Rupert Murdoch, the billionaire chairman of US-based media group News Corporation and a former owner of the South China Morning Post, has filed for divorce from his third wife, Wendi Deng Murdoch, 16 years after they famously met in Hong Kong.

A News Corp spokesman confirmed last night that Murdoch, 82, had initiated the divorce proceedings, but gave no further details.

14 Jun 2013 - 6:55pm

Oil tycoon loses offshore assets in HK$212m divorce case

Yasmin Prest smiles after winning a huge divorce payout.

Britain's top court yesterday handed an oil tycoon a costly setback in a divorce case, ruling he must give his ex-wife assets held by an offshore company he owns as part of a £17.5 million (HK$212 million) settlement.

13 Jun 2013 - 1:49am 1 comment

Book Review: 'Our Cheating Hearts'

Book Review: 'Our Cheating Hearts'

The signs are usually there: you might have noticed some upgrades in the lingerie drawer, surges in car mileage, or you're wondering why your partner has started taking the phone into the shower.

2 Jun 2013 - 5:23pm

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

Beijing or Hong Kong - where is best to divorce?

Rita Ku

It is now very common to see families in which mum lives with the children on the mainland while dad works most of the time in Hong Kong, or the other way round. Spouses will often have permanent Hong Kong ID cards and their children may have been born here. Such couples will often have property and investments on the mainland, Hong Kong and elsewhere.

16 Apr 2013 - 11:50am

How post-divorce families can get along

How post-divorce families can get along

I have been divorced for four years and now plan to marry my girlfriend of two years. But my daughter, 16, might move to Hong Kong. Her mother in Britain has threatened several times to send her to live with me. My daughter is going through this Gothic phase, but she is doing OK in school and we are still very close.

9 Apr 2013 - 9:31am

The man who gave birth to confusion

Thomas Beatie

Thomas Beatie was seeking a divorce from his wife, Nancy, and a decision on the custody of their three children. But the problem was Thomas Beatie was born a woman - Tracy Lehuanani Lagondino - in Oahu, Hawaii. She underwent a few operations and testosterone hormone therapy to become a man.

3 Apr 2013 - 3:29am

Corporate structure comes in play when love boat hits rocks

What assets are at risk in divorce? Do they include company assets?

27 Mar 2013 - 4:32am

Divorced wife gets extra HK$140.4m

Otto Poon Lok-to. Photo: May Tse

Otto Poon Lok-to's former wife Kay Kan Lai-kwan, 73, was originally awarded HK$432 million by former High Court deputy judge Ian Carlson in her ancillary relief application. Dissatisfied with the ruling, she lodged an appeal to the Court of Appeal, asking for HK$832.5 million.

26 Mar 2013 - 4:50am

Legal experts warn against divorces to avoid property tax

People line up at an office to register for marriage or divorce in Shanghai. Photo: AFP

Authorities in several cities in China have noticed a rising number of couples filing for divorce this month after China’s State Council announced on February 20th it would introduce a 20 per cent capital gains tax on profits from second-hand house sales.

14 Mar 2013 - 5:18pm

Til second home do us part

Photo: Reuters

We’ve all been watching with fascination as events unfold at Li Ka-shing’s foray into hotel room sales at Apex Horizon in sunny Kwai Chung, as investors try to evade the new stamp duty. So far they seem to have outwitted chief executive CY Leung’s attempt to foil the developer, but for how long no one is sure.

8 Mar 2013 - 7:36pm

How a new tax breaks up marriages on the mainland

A total of 1.96 million couples applied for divorce last year, and only 1.2 million tied the knot. Photo: AFP

Mainland couples are flocking to divorce to avoid a new property sales tax imposed by the government, after it left open a loophole for those who end their marriages.

7 Mar 2013 - 6:12am

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

'Crazy English' guru's wife Kim Lee granted 12m yuan in divorce

Crazy English founder Li Yang and his ex-wife Kim Lee.

The divorce proceedings lasted more than a year, and the Chaoyang District People's Court in Beijing also awarded Lee an additional 50,000 yuan for mental anguish she endured in the abusive marriage. Li will also have to pay 100,000 yuan in annual child support for each of his three daughters, with their mother granted custody.

4 Feb 2013 - 8:26am 2 comments