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Suit against wife's 'lover' based on archaic law denied

A husband sued a man he believed was having an affair with his wife, demanding compensation for losing her companionship, a report said yesterday.

Monday, 14 July, 1997, 12:00am

Locked out of marriage

Most legal battles fought in the arena of the American marriage have recently centred on the right (or not) of gay couples to tie the knot.

29 Jun 1997 - 12:00am

Family law training needed

Everyone should agree that mediation is the best option to settle divorces.

As your interesting article of May 20 states, only five per cent of the 9,000 divorces in Hong Kong in 1996 were settled in this way. I fear this percentage is unlikely to rise in the foreseeable future.

30 May 1997 - 12:00am

Insulting divorce lawyers may fall foul of new code

DIVORCE lawyers who write insulting letters or employ high-pressure tactics may fall foul of a new code of practice.

Dr Athena Liu Nga-chee, lecturer in law at Hong Kong University, said she believed the situation was serious.

Some lawyers, she said, 'tend to snowball the acrimony'.

16 Mar 1997 - 12:00am

Direct debits to boost divorcees

HOUSEHOLD finances could soon get simpler for many single parents if employers start withholding court-ordered regular payments directly from divorced employees' salaries, as proposed by the Home Affairs Branch.

The Government hopes next month to finalise six amendments to four ordinances offering protection for single parents and their children.

16 Mar 1997 - 12:00am

Bosses agree to dock wages for alimony

Labour and business leaders yesterday agreed to endorse a Home Affairs Branch proposal to deduct wages from men who refuse to pay alimony.

Jacqueline Willis, the Labour Commissioner and chairman of the Labour Advisory Board, said the board's members sympathised with the need for women to recover money speedily from ex-husbands.

11 Mar 1997 - 12:00am

Plan to make ex-husbands pay up

Tracking down ex-husbands who default on alimony payments should be the Government's job, legislators said.

Democrat Law Chi-kwong, who tabled a motion to set up a maintenance board, said he was worried at the lack of mechanisms for women to collect money from ex-husbands who had disappeared or refused to pay.

27 Feb 1997 - 12:00am

Choice reading for divorcees

By the end of this year, around one million more divorces will have taken place in the United States. That's two million people subject to feelings of anger, betrayal, fear, helplessness and sometimes relief, not counting the children.

And that's also several hundred thousand even richer attorneys.

19 Jan 1997 - 12:00am

Change in law prompts rush for divorces

The number of people getting divorced increased nearly three-fold last month.

Figures from the Judiciary showed a total of 1,558 divorce petitions were filed last month, an increase of 265 per cent compared with 587 in June.

The number granted was 975 - an increase of 63 per cent.

8 Aug 1996 - 12:00am

Plea for fathers

Husbands should have the right to two weeks' paternity leave, said the Association for Democracy and People's Livelihood, speaking on Father's Day.

17 Jun 1996 - 12:00am

Till divorce us do part

Rows of shark jaws, wide open, razor sharp teeth poised to strike. Don't go into the water, I thought, and then the spell was broken by the flashing smile of the souvenir shop owner.

'Excuse me, sir, are you married.' Yes.

13 Jun 1996 - 12:00am

Divorce database urged by lawyers

A DATABASE on divorce trends is being urged by lawyers worried about a sharp increase in marital rifts.

There were 10,292 divorces last year, compared with 5,047 in 1985 and 3,120 in 1982.

Lawyers want to discover the most common reasons for breakups and details of settlements reached. They are urging the Judiciary to keep full records of divorce applications.

12 Mar 1996 - 12:00am

Children at serious risk

I HAVE repeatedly written to the press, having failed to get any response from the Security Branch concerning the cruel policies of the Government on child immigration.

These policies are creating social problems now and for the future.

8 Mar 1996 - 12:00am

Home alone at Christmas

SOME children will spend the Christmas holidays at home alone because government and voluntary child care homes will be closed.

And many parents say they have no choice about this because they cannot afford a holiday or take their children to work.

The 370 government-subsidised child care centres can take 40,000 children, but they close for the holidays.

24 Dec 1995 - 12:00am

Trials and tribulations of a single father

THE term single parent often means single mother, but divorce, illness or sudden tragedy can also leave men struggling to cope with a family alone.

Wong Man-sing, a 67-year-old air-conditioning technician, has been a single father since his wife died five years ago in a fire at home. Initially he found it hard to cope.

22 Aug 1995 - 12:00am