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A parting of the ways

When Lucy Mitchell discovered her 41-year-old husband was having an affair with a teenager, she feared it sounded the death knell for a marriage that had been struggling for some time.

Sunday, 8 April, 2012, 12:00am

Charting a road map for smoother co-parenting

The government is launching a public consultation to gather views on the implementation of a 'joint parental responsibility model' to replace existing custody and access arrangements under family law.

5 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Beyond the great divide

Ideally divorcing couples can part as friends. In real life, though, the process can get very ugly, with drawn-out disputes over issues like division of assets and alimony payments. Fights can get particularly nasty when children are used to get back at an estranged spouse, as former nurse Doris Chong Lai-man knows only too well.

5 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Should children have a say in their parents' divorce?

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

Divorce is a delicate matter. It concerns every member of a family. And so children must be given a chance to have a say in their parents' divorce. Otherwise, they may feel helpless and unwanted by their parents. That could have disastrous effects on a child's development.

3 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Divorce law update open for discussion

A long-awaited proposal to improve children's rights in divorce cases will be open for public consultation, six years after it was raised by the Law Reform Commission.

21 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Should fathers get paid paternity leave?

Elaine Yu Yee-nee, 15, Creative Secondary School

Spending time with your family, especially at a time when a new member has just arrived, is just so wonderful!

However, as breadwinners, fathers might not have the chance to experience that happiest period in life. They simply have to work.

6 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

A disservice to unmarried fathers

The move by the government to introduce paternity leave for civil servants is welcome, but long overdue. Subject to the outcome of a consultation with staff, fathers of newborn children will be entitled to between three and five days' paid leave starting from the middle of next year. This is a necessary step that will be good for family bonding.

26 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Prenups would ease corporate divorces

Everyone around the world is getting a prenup, but not in Hong Kong. It's not a pretty idea, but is eminently sensible. Indeed, the notion is so powerful there ought to be a mandatory corporate version for companies when they hire CEOs. That might help in corporate 'divorces', where many companies have had to shell out tens of millions just to sack incompetent executives.

14 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Let couples have prenuptial agreements, say lawyers

With applications for divorce hitting almost 21,000 last year - the highest annual rate - and with multimillion-dollar claims making headlines, it may be time for Hong Kong to follow international trends and recognise prenuptial agreements. Or not.

14 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Paternity leave would be beneficial

I am writing in response to the letter 'Give firms paternity leave subsidy' (South China Morning Post, October 24).

1 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Would paternity leave help pave way for parental equality in Hong Kong?

Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen announced on October 12 that the government would consider a seven-day paid paternity leave for civil servants. Further study will determine whether it is appropriate and feasible to make it a statutory requirement for all employers.

Most of my colleagues and friends, regardless of gender, welcome the idea.

30 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

HK$2m per month for ex-wife too much

A court yesterday cleared the way for a husband to contest a HK$2 million-a-month claim for maintenance and legal fees by his wife, but said she should continue to enjoy the extravagant lifestyle they shared as a couple.

The Court of Appeal agreed with the man that the amount was too high, saying the woman had exaggerated her monthly expenses.

29 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Split decisions

Outside the Marriage Registration Office in Beijing's Chaoyang district, a young woman is handing out flyers for a company advertising wedding photography. But on this midweek morning, she is ignoring many of the couples entering and exiting the building in a steady stream.

'A lot of people come here to get married, but a lot come to get divorced, too,' she says.

23 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Connecting with teenagers means putting yourself in their world

When your teenager asks if she can go for an evening out with her friends, how do you respond? Even when parents say they will think about it, the response from the child may be: 'You never say yes to anything!'

9 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Unmarried couples should be fully represented in courts and society

Janine Doggett made a serious point ('Unmarried couples don't really count on seriously flawed census form', July 2) when she said unmarried couples didn't seem to feature in the 2011 Population Census.

14 Jul 2011 - 12:00am