Talk by Dr. Nia Pryde

The FLA are excited to announce the next talk at the Hong Kong Club will be on 17 July 2014 with Dr. Nia Pryde who will speak on “The Resolution of Marital Difficulties through Divorce: A Psychologist’s View”. To register please go to the Upcoming Events page of this website.

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Talk by Ian Mann – 16 April 2014

The talk by Ian Mann, head of litigation at Harneys, has now been rescheduled for Wednesday 16 April 2014 at 6:30pm at the Hong Kong Club.   Register now to avoid disappointment!

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Talk by Ian Mann – POSTPONED

We regret to advise that tonight’s planned talk by Ian Mann is postponed.  We will advise of the new date and venue in due course.  

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Talk by Ian Mann on 31 March 2014

HKFLA is pleased to announce the next talk at the HK Club will be held on 31 March 2014 with Ian Mann of Harneys speaking on remedies available in BVI and Cayman Islands in connection with HK Divorce proceedings.   Go to our “upcoming events” page, to register.   

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Pre-nupdate

In the UK, the Family Division of the High Court (Mostyn J) has dismissed a challenge by a wife to an agreement entered into prior to marriage which, among other things, defined her entitlement to maintenance in the event of a separation.  The marital difficulties had begun within a fairly short time of the marriage (the agreement was only 15 months old at the time of the wife’s application).   In holding the parties to the agreement, the Judge referred to Radmacher v Granatino and said that:  “given the important notice in its prominent font at the beginning of the document stating that it is intended to confirm separate property interests and to be determinative of the division of their assets, it must be obvious that the principal object of the exercise in this case (as indeed in every case where a nuptial agreement is signed) is to avoid subsequent expensive and stressful litigation; and it is for this reason, as will be seen, that the law adopts a strict policy of requiring the demonstration of something unfair before it will open the Pandora’s Box of litigation where there has been an agreement of this nature.”  

The hearing of the substantive application for ancillary relief will follow later, but the judgment is significant, especially as the UK Law Commission is on the verge of delivering its report on the law relating to agreements including those in anticipation of divorce.  

The bailii report of the judgment is here: 

http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Fam/2013/4250.html

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Hague Convention – Korea

1st of February 2014 will mark the entry into force of the formal arrangement under Hague between the Republic of Korea and China, for and on behalf of Hong Kong and Macau.  The formal record is here:  

http://www.hcch.net/index_en.php?act=status.accept&mid=1204#eif4637

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Hague Convention – Japan

As many of you will know by now, Japan announced last year that it will accede to the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of Child Abduction on 1 April 2014, after the instrument of accession is deposited in the Dutch Foreign Ministry this month. The next process will involve the setting up of a central authority in the Foreign Ministry to handle cases under the Convention. The report last year is here:

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/10/23/national/japan-to-join-child-custody-pact-in-april/#.UuhmvpFm5cw

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