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Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Family Law in Japan

From the Japan Times Online:

Those focused on the government's stumbling efforts to protect the children of Fukushima from radioactive contamination may find this hard to believe, but Japanese family law just got more child-friendly — maybe. If Japan finally signs the Hague Convention on child abduction, as it appears it will, it could become even more so. There is a big "maybe" here too, so it remains to be seen whether these two steps taken by the Diet will steer the country away from its status as a black hole for parental abduction or leave it treading the same sorry path.

On May 27 a law was passed amending a number of provisions in the Civil Code relating to children and their parents. First, Article 766 of the code was revised to require parents seeking a cooperative (i.e., nonlitigated) divorce to decide upon visitation, child support payments and other matters relevant to their children's upbringing after divorce. Furthermore, the new provision says that the welfare of the children must be the primary consideration when these matters are decided.

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Japan has stuck its noise up in the air to the Hague Convention for years. it is about time they caught up with the rest of civilized world in that regards.

Posted by: Tulsa Divorce Attorneys | Aug 18, 2011 10:44:36 AM

It sounds like the Japanese lawmakers are trying to get it right.

Posted by: Divorce Lawyer Oklahoma City | Sep 19, 2011 7:29:50 PM

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