Parental right, Child custody,Visitation
International Child Abduction, Hague Convention
Division of Property, Adultery Compensation
Marriage fee, Child support fee
One of the areas of practice that we handle most frequently is international divorce between Japanese and foreign nationals and various legal issues related to the international divorce (marriage and child support, custody, visitation, division of assets, claim for compensation, etc.).
The number of international marriages and divorces is increasing every year. International divorce is a difficult area to handle because it requires specialized knowledge, language skills, and experience that differ from general divorce cases, such as language issues, international jurisdiction, governing law, and recognition of foreign judgments.
Our firm has handled many international divorce cases to date and is capable of handling these issues.
Among the above custodian designations cases, a joint custody plan is prepared in cases
where the foreign law, which has the joint custody legislation, is the governing law.
We have a great deal of experience in such cases. Based on our experience, we recommend that a joint custody plan should be agreed upon under domestic cases as well, when it is possible for the parties to discuss joint custody.
We submitted a Public Comment, urging the implementation of the joint custody, on the "Interim Draft on the Review of the Family Law System” to the Family Law Subcommittee of the Legislative Council of the Ministry of Justice on February 17, 2023. Below is the abstract of the Public Comment.
・From the best interest of the child, it is necessary to implement a joint custody legal system, which can prevent a drastic change to the nurturing environment of the child and a blocking of the other parent from interacting with the child. Joint custody legal system is beneficial and useful for the best interest of the child, and that has been proved by the history of maintenance and the development of it in European countries and the United States.
・The current legal system which only allows a sole custody, connotes a risk of abduction of the child by the parent and it prevents addressing to diverse forms of custody, therefore it needs to be amended.
・In order to implement a joint custody legal system and make it function in reality, it is essential to take seriously the fact that joint custody legal system is a globally established value for respecting the rights of the child, and to clearly state as a basic policy that frequent interaction of the child with his/her parents after separation or divorce is in the best interest of the child (it will be a guideline for parents' behavior and the court's decision-making).
・Our firm has a rich experience handling international family cases in which foreign laws that has the joint custody legal system have been applied. We have accumulated a substantial number of cases in which joint custody is provided after separation or divorce in Japan, mainly in such international cases. In other words, joint custody legal system can be practiced in Japan.
Hague Convention Case
We have been providing consultation and representation for both LBP (parent whose child was removed from the country) and TP (parent who took the child out of the country) every year since we handled the first Hague convention case in Japan after the ratification of the Convention.
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The Masayuki Honda International Law Office, LPC is located in Ebisu, Shibuya.
We are specialized in International cases for individual clients and Small-Medium sized Companies.
Our English speaking lawyers provide the legal services with reasonable fees.
We are available for English reception, so please feel free to contact us.
Main Districts for Service
For Greater Tokyo, Shibuya, Ebisu, area.
Also covers Saitama, Kanagawa, Chiba, and Kanto Suburbs areas.
We are available for Overseas Clients consultation through Telephone call and
Areas of Practice