Japan Times: Japan to beef up law to enable handover of children to parents with custody when the other resists

NATIONAL

Japan to beef up law to enable handover of children to parents with custody when the other resists

KYODO

The Cabinet on Tuesday approved a bill revising the enforcement of civil law to enable the handover of a child to a parent who is awarded custody, even if the other parent refuses to abide by a court order to transfer guardianship.

Currently, the law has no clear stipulation on such handovers, leaving court officials to rely on a clause related to asset seizure to enforce child custody orders. The current system has drawn criticism due to the fact it treats children as property.

Legislation implementing the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, an international treaty providing a framework allowing the return of a child internationally abducted by a parent, will similarly be revised.

At present, legislation requires a parent living with a child to be present when the child is handed over to the other parent, but the proposed revision will allow a transfer without both parents being there.

The convention, to which Japan acceded in 2014, sets out rules and procedures for the prompt return of children under 16 to their country of habitual residence when they are taken or retained by one parent, if requested by the other parent.

The bill to modify the Civil Execution Law also includes revisions to allow courts to obtain debtors’ financial information and bar registered crime syndicate members from acquiring foreclosed real estate properties in public auctions.

The amendments are aimed at helping authorities seize money and properties from parents who fail to meet their court-ordered child support obligations and from people who do not pay compensation to crime victims.

The revised execution law will make it easier for courts to require financial and public institutions to provide information on debtors, including data related to their savings and places of employment.

Japan maintains a system of sole custody and, in a large majority of cases, when a dispute reaches court mothers are awarded custody after divorce. It is not unusual for children in Japan to stop seeing their fathers after their parents break up.

Source:  “Japan to beef up law to enable handover of children to parents with custody when the other resists”, The Japan Times, 19 February 2019 

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Happy Christmas 2018

Hugo

It is Christmas Eve morning – and I am still at work although it is a half day – and, as it will be difficult to post this message tomorrow, I am doing so today.  This is just to wish you a very happy Christmas; you are in the thoughts of all of your family in the UK.  I sent you some money for Christmas this year, see below, as it is difficult to decide what to buy for you now – along with a card of The Shard in London.  I hope that you have a lovely day tomorrow.  I will post a further message to you at New Year time.

Happy 10th Birthday

Hugo

You were born 10 years ago this evening at the Princess Royal Hospital near Bromley.  Happy 10th birthday to you.

When I last saw you in 2011, you were a toddler; now you are a young man.  It is hard for me to imagine.

I hope you are having a lovely day.  I mailed a package to you on 19 November which should be with you by now.  I will be sending a further package shortly for Christmas as the final mailing day is coming up soon.