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Bolivia: 1980 Hague Child Abduction Convention Signed

(Sept. 19, 2016) On January 21, 2016, Bolivia passed Law 778 ratifying the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (HCCH). (Law 778 of January 21, 2016, Bolivian Senate website; Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (Oct. 25, 1980), Hague Conference on Private International Law website.) In order to […]

Uganda: Parliament Passes Amendments to Children Act

(Mar. 17, 2016) On March 2, 2016, the 388–member unicameral Ugandan Parliament passed the Children (Amendment) Bill, 2015, the goal of which is “to amend the Children Act, Cap. 59; enhance protection of a child; provide for the guardianship of children; provide for inter country adoption; prohibit corporal punishment and provide for related matters.”  (The Children (Amendment) […]

South Korea: First Court Order to Return Children to Another Country Under the Hague Convention

(Feb. 23, 2016) On February 15, 2016, the Seoul Family Court ordered a Korean father to return his two children to his wife in Japan.  (Hyun-jeong Lee, Court Orders Korean Dad to Return Children to Separated Japanese Wife, KOREA HERALD (Feb. 15, 2016).)  It is the first case in Korea in which a court ordered […]

Brazil: Ministry of Foreign Affairs Publishes Brochure on Child Custody and International Abduction

(Jan. 20, 2016) On January 19, 2016, the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs published on its website a brochure (cartilha) on child custody, international abduction of children, and violence against women. (MINISTÉRIO DAS RELAÇÕES EXTERIORES, DISPUTA DE GUARDA E SUBTRAÇÃO INTERNACIONAL DE MENORES – ORIENTAÇÃO PARA OS PAIS, MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS CONSULAR PORTAL (last visited […]

Brazil: Civil Code Amendment Changes Joint Custody Rules

(Dec. 4, 2014) On November 26, 2014, the Brazilian Federal Senate approved an amendment to articles 1,583, 1,584, 1,585 and 1,634 of the Civil Code (Códico Civil [C.C.], Lei No. 10.406, de 10 de Janeiro de 2002, PLANALTO). Among the changes is an amendment to paragraph 2 of article 1,584 that will establish that when […]

South Africa: Postponed Implementation of Provisions on Parental Kidnapping

(Sept. 22, 2014) On September 16, 2014, South African Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba announced that the implementation of two requirements in the country’s new Immigration Regulations aimed at preventing parental kidnapping will be postponed until June 1, 2015. The requirements had originally been slated for implementation on October 1, 2014. (Statement by the […]

Kenya: Comprehensive Marriage Law Enacted

(May 2, 2014) On April 29, 2014, President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya signed into law the Marriage Bill, 2014, a comprehensive law consolidating various laws governing religious, customary, and civil marriages and divorces in the country. (President Kenyatta Assents to Marriage and Heroes Bills, The Presidency website (Apr. 29, 2014).) The legislation, adopted by the […]

Netherlands: Protocol Adopted to Protect Children in Partner-Killing Cases

(Dec. 27, 2013) On December 1, 2013, a new protocol on custody of children in the event of a partner killing took effect in the Netherlands. It was developed under the aegis of the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice, which held four expert meetings to consider the consequences for children of such family dramas. […]