With the increasing mobility in today’s world and cross-national or international marriages becoming a growing phenomenon in our city, the courts in Hong Kong deal with a large number of international and cross-border divorce cases each year. In what circumstances may the Hong Kong Court hear a divorce case and related questions on children and finances (jurisdiction)? What are the discretionary considerations that may inform whether or not the Hong Kong Court accepts or declines jurisdiction (forum non conveniens)? How is the situation different in the context of unmarried couples? Are foreign matrimonial judgments enforceable in Hong Kong? Are Hong Kong matrimonial judgments enforceable overseas?
About the speaker:
Mr. Eugene Yim is a practising barrister at Bernacchi Chambers. He has a civil practice which comprises both litigation and advisory work, with a strong focus on matrimonial finance (including cases involving trusts, third party interests in land and property, nuptial agreements and cross-border divorces), children matters (such as custody disputes, applications under the Guardianship of Minors Ordinance, applications under the Parent and Child Ordinance, relocation cases and surrogacy), conflict of laws, probate and inheritance (including applications under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Ordinance), and land and property claims.
The Law Society of Hong Kong has awarded this seminar 1.5 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points.