Japan eyes shake-up of system for recognizing paternity after divorces


Japan's Cabinet approved draft legislation Friday to scrap a rule that has prevented the new husband of a woman who has remarried from assuming paternity over a child born within some 10 months of the woman's divorce from her previous partner. The change is aimed at addressing a problem in which some children of divorced women have been left off family registers to avoid former husbands being recognized as fathers, leading to difficulties in the children accessing health and other services. Under what would be the first change to the century-old Civil Code provisions regarding paternity and ma...

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