The breakdown of a relationship is always difficult, particularly if there are children involved. Unfortunately, separations have become more challenging in Hong Kong, due to its stringent Covid-19 measures. Some parents have had to immigrate and have taken their children with them, potentially without the other parent’s consent. Even if both parents are in Hong Kong and the divorce is amicable, there is still much to negotiate. Such as, ironing out proceedings relating to children, which involves custody, child support, visitation rights, assignment of parental responsibilities, discussing maintenance payments, division of property and other assets, and pre/post-nuptial agreements. These are all tricky subjects to discuss and often more difficult to agree on.
In this important video, Little Steps Asia chats with Jocelyn Tsao, a partner at Withers Worldwide, who has more than 15 years of experience in advising couples and unmarried partners on issues arising from divorce including childcare and control, and financial proceedings. Dealing with issues like child custody, financial proceedings, and resolving disagreements through mediation, and mak which are settlements outside of court and court litigation. She has handled complex divorce issues, including financial disputes with substantial onshore and offshore assets, and cases that have cross-jurisdictional and cross-border elements. And Jocelyn has joined us today to provide us with useful tips on handling everything from child custody to maintenance payments and financial matters. So we can ensure our kids’ welfare is a top priority!
A few basic concepts to understand in regards to Child Custody.
1. What is the best way to negotiate child custody so both parties are happy?
2. What if one parent relocates to another country and the other parent does not agree?
3. How do we handle custody if a child, or children, say they only want to spend time with one parent?
4. When both parents are away for reasons like compulsory quarantine arrangement, a “Deed of Guardianship” is needed for the child?
1. Must a divorce go through court and be expensive?
2. What is the best way to sort out arrangements for maintenance
3. What if we feel the maintenance a parent is suggesting is too low?
4. If you do now have access to credit card statements and financial information, how do you address it?
5. What Are the Rights Of Unmarried Fathers In Hong Kong?
6. What is A Mirror Order?
6. Do You Need To Be Physically Present To Get A Divorce?
7. What can we do if there are unforeseeable changes in financial circumstances?
8. Who pays for legal costs?
1. How can we help children deal with the emotional upheaval of divorce and make sure that they know that they are not at fault (common thoughts among kids during a divorce)?
2. How can we best protect our children, emotionally, from any arguments that can arise during the separation?
3. What if there is an access order and one parent refuses to facilitate?
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