Divorce increase sparks judge call

A ROCKETING divorce rate has prompted calls for an extra judge to be appointed to the Family Court to deal with its heavy workload.

Thursday, 13 July, 1995, 12:00am

Need to strike a balance

MICHAEL Suen Ming-yeung's belief that the new liberal divorce laws will not lead to an increase in the number of marriages that break up may be a triumph of hope, if not over experience, then at least over logic.

26 May 1995 - 12:00am

Official calms fears on quick divorces

RECENT laws to allow couples to dissolve marriages more quickly would not lead to more divorces, Home Affairs Secretary Michael Suen Ming-yeung said yesterday.

He was replying to Christian groups' concerns that the changes, allowing couples to divorce after just one year without the requirement for them to live apart, would lead to an increase in breakups of young marriages.

26 May 1995 - 12:00am

Child's interests come first

I REFER to your correspondent's letter headlined, 'Children's rights must be protected' (South China Morning Post, March 28).

I wish to assure your readers that in all the cases that are being handled by this department the child's interests are of paramount importance.

8 Apr 1995 - 12:00am

Children's rights must be protected

I REFER to the South China Morning Post's report on March 15 about the mother who allowed her child to be cared for by a child torturer.

I am concerned about the attitude of the Social Welfare Department which has shown a lack of basic understanding of the rights of children.

28 Mar 1995 - 12:00am

Enjoy your children

ASK an expatriate mother what she thinks of Hong Kong fathers and she will probably remark approvingly on the number of local men she sees escorting their brood to the playground on a Sunday morning or carrying the smallest child around while Mummy does the shopping.

19 Jan 1995 - 12:00am

Bill will cut divorce wait

A BILL gazetted yesterday will cut the two-year waiting period for couples who agree to divorce to one year, and from five to two years when one party disagrees. The bill also reduces the eligibility time for couples applying for divorce from three years to one year after marriage.

1 Oct 1994 - 12:00am

Two-year scheme aims to cut soaring divorce rate

THE Family Planning Association is to launch a two-year programme to promote healthy family life in the hope that it can help stem escalating divorce rates.

Chairman of the association, Dr Grace Tang Wai-king, said the programme targeted not only couples, but also young people.

14 Jul 1994 - 12:00am

Irreconcilable Differences

In the past few weeks I've read of several high-profile divorces. Early in May Drew Barrymore, 19, who starred in the movie Irreconcilable Differences, filed for divorce from her husband Jeremy Thomas, citing 'irreconcilable differences' as the reason. They had been married less than two months.

12 Jun 1994 - 12:00am

The child pays

I REFER to the article regarding the child support payments being intercepted by the Legal Aid Department for the repayment of legal fees (Sunday Morning Post, January 30).

13 Feb 1994 - 12:00am

Turned off by marriage

ABIDING by traditions is all very well. But if you are in your late 20s, single and unattached, dare you ask for your lai see money next week? For Hong Kong's singles, what was once a festive treat has now turned into a prelude to an inquisition. To demand red packets from married couples is asking for trouble.

5 Feb 1994 - 12:00am

Hong Kong's divorce laws must change

I SHARE Mr Ian Strachan's concern about the rise in divorce rates (South China Morning Post, January 13) and endorse Dr Ramon Ruiz's appeal (Post, January 26) for government assistance to provide quality services in the field of marriage education.

29 Jan 1994 - 12:00am

Too easy to get a divorce in Hong Kong

THE Director of Social Welfare, Mr Ian Strachan spoke recently at the Zonta Club lunch meeting on the question of divorce.

A report by Steve Ball appeared in the South China Morning Post, on January 13.

We believe that the basic unit of society is the family and see a human tragedy growing before our eyes as each year the number of divorces increases.

26 Jan 1994 - 12:00am

The trials of divorce

I READ with interest the comments of the Director of Social Welfare, Ian Strachan(South China Morning Post, January 13, 1994). As he so rightly pointed out, the question of what changes should be made to the divorce laws is a complex one. Opinion amongst professionals is divided over whether divorce should be made easier or more difficult.

18 Jan 1994 - 12:00am

Doubtful about 'key ruling'

I REFER to the report by Rita Gomez (South China Morning Post, November 20) which was headlined, ''Key ruling on divorce payments''.

With respect, this was not a key ruling and the facts of the case are hardly indicative of ''a husband's charter''.

As the judgment itself made clear, the wife had succeeded on the main issue which related to her home.

27 Nov 1993 - 12:00am