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Japanese Family Law

                                      Japan: Family Law

The Law Office of Jeremy D. Morley is extremely experienced in handling international family law matters concerning Japan.

We have represented very many clients, both Japanese and non-Japanese, in international divorce and custody cases that concern Japan.

We have written extensively on the topic of Japanese family law. 

We work with counsel in Japan whenever appropriate.

Jeremy Morley has conducted extensive and continuous research on the Japanese family law system.

Jeremy Morley has lectured at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tokyo on the topic of Japan and the Hague Abduction Convention.

Jeremy Morley has been an expert witness who has frequently given expert affidavit, telephone, video and in-person evidence to courts in the United States and around the world concerning Japan and international family law, particularly as to international child abduction to Japan.

He has been interviewed frequently by U.S., Japanese and international news organizations on the topic of internatioanl child abduction to Japan.

Jeremy has worked extensively throughout the length and breadth of Japan and he is married to a Japanese woman.

Please see our articles on the right for more information. 

Information on Japanese Family Law:
Spousal violence constitutes a serious violation of human rights, as well as being a crime  continue

The statutory law in Japan contains no provisions  continue

Family courts and their branch offices are established at the same places where district courts and   continue

Some cases in English on Japanese family law  continue

Selected excerpts from Japan's Family Registration Law  continue

This case illustrates a stark illustration of the complete failure of the Japanese legal system to protect children  continue

unofficial translation of Book IV; Relatives  continue

Kyogi Rikon (Consent Divorce)  continue

Has anything changed in the fight against international child abduction?  continue

Japan's private international law  continue

Service of process in Japan raises difficult issues.  continue

Divorce has constantly been on the mind of Imelda (not her real name), a 36-year-old Filipino woman who married a Japanese man seven years ago.  continue

An American Dad is behind bars and his Japanese ex-wife is a fugitive from justice  continue

In the debate about whether Japan should sign the Hague abduction convention, a serious consequence of Japan's failure to ratify the treaty is being overlooked. Japan's failure to sign the convention is extremely damaging to Japanese nationals living overseas, since  continue

It’s been six years, three weeks and one day since Navy Cmdr. Paul Toland last saw his only child, Erika  continue

We have represented many international clients who  continue

Japan is a haven for international child abduction. Now one child who was abducted to Japan is to be returned to Wisconsin, thanks to our team’s non-stop efforts   continue

On April 14, 2014, the Japanese Law implementing the Hague Abduction Convention  continue

This article from ABC News (2008) is based in part on an interview with Jeremy Morley.   continue

Four fathers quietly filed into a theater to watch  continue

After several years of struggling to understand the workings of the Japanese family law system on behalf of Japanese clients or non-Japanese clients with Japanese spouses, I have reluctantly concluded  continue

1996 judgment of the Supreme Court of Japan  continue

The Supreme Court of New Jersey has upheld a decision allowing a Japanese mother to relocate with her six-year old child   continue

In Japan since 2003 there have been two ways to calculate child support. The first way  continue

Japanese law enforcement and social service agencies unfortunately seem unable to enforce custody and support orders   continue

Under the Japanese Civil Code, either the husband or wife must change their family name to be married legally. Usually it is the wife who does so.  continue

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