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Modernise divorce law

Everyone will surely support the Government's efforts, described in your issue of June 13, to promote the greater use of mediation in settling the inevitably distressing process of divorce.

Sunday, 27 June, 1999, 12:00am

Mediation service a valuable help for families

I refer to 'Go-ahead for divorce mediation project' (South China Morning Post, May 12) in respect of mediation service for divorcing couples.

18 May 1999 - 12:00am

Go-ahead for divorce mediation project

A three-year pilot mediation scheme to help couples reach divorce settlements will be introduced in October to reduce litigation costs and the Judiciary's workload.

Mr Justice Michael Hartmann, the chairman of the working group on the $6 million scheme, said mediation would save parties the trauma of a legal battle.

12 May 1999 - 12:00am

Civilised separation

The soaring divorce rate, plus the acrimony between adults and the distress caused to children resulting from a court battle over custody, alimony or property is the main reason behind a three-year pilot study into mediation. Next comes cost.

12 May 1999 - 12:00am

Alimony angst

If divorce brought an end to marital disputes, life for many single mothers would be a lot less complicated. The couple could get on with the business of rebuilding separate lives. Unfortunately, it is often after the decree is granted that the real problems begin.

15 Apr 1999 - 12:00am

People ignore mother's responsibility

A mother recently threw her two sons from her flat to their deaths and then committed suicide. Afterwards, her husband became infamous.

The media and most people blamed him for having 'inappropriate relationships' with women in Shenzhen and neglecting his wife.

Many people, especially women, only focused on his faults.

22 Dec 1998 - 12:00am

Taking the financial strain out of divorce

DIVORCE in Hong Kong could become less painful - both in terms of hurt feelings and costly legal bills - thanks to a recent high-level recommendation that mediation be available to all as an integral part of divorce proceedings.

13 Dec 1998 - 12:00am

Protecting children

There will never be perfect legislation to deal with the complexities of human relationships. Marital breakup is inevitably a tangled business, and divorce is always likely to be traumatic for children who too easily become pawns in the dispute between their parents.

3 Dec 1998 - 12:00am

Bid for end to sole custody in divorce cases

Leaving children in the custody of one parent after a divorce should be abolished, the Law Reform Commission has proposed.

It is seeking the introduction of various court orders putting responsibility on both parents.

2 Dec 1998 - 12:00am

Serious crime

I refer to the report headlined, 'Epilepsy no longer grounds for divorce in proposed change to laws' (South China Morning Post, September 19).

5 Oct 1998 - 12:00am

Women 'feel shame years after divorce'

One-third of divorced women sought psychiatric help because of the stigma over marital breakdown, a new survey has shown.

Researchers at the University of Hong Kong said the women developed symptoms ranging from severe depression to mental breakdowns more than five years after the divorce.

14 Jul 1998 - 12:00am

Custom no match for love

In the past, parents arranged the marriage of their children, even choosing their partners.

Under this system the divorce rate was very low, although the partner may not have been the 'true love'.

24 Feb 1998 - 12:00am

Alimony rules set

Rules outlining how alimony payments can be deducted from ex-spouses' wages will go to the provisional legislature in January.

The law giving courts the power to order such deductions was approved in June.

18 Nov 1997 - 12:00am

Government won't chase up alimony

Chasing child maintenance payments is not the Government's responsibility, Secretary for Justice Elsie Leung Oi-see said yesterday.

If single parents were unable to secure cash owed they could always live on social security, she said.

Parents could also get legal aid to pursue maintenance, she said.

22 Oct 1997 - 12:00am

Law bans serious criminals from minding children

MURDERERS, child abusers and drug traffickers will be banned from working as child-minders from Tuesday.

They and others convicted of serious crimes are to be barred from taking jobs in child-care centres under a new law that aims to protect children from abuse and neglect which carries penalties of two years in jail and a $100,000 fine.

28 Sep 1997 - 12:00am