Japan Govt OKs Bill for Easier Handovers of Divorced Parents' Children


Tokyo, Feb. 19 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government adopted at a cabinet meeting on Tuesday a bill to revise the civil execution law in order to ease the requirements for handovers of children between divorced parents.

The government also approved a bill to amend the law to implement the so-called Hague treaty for settling cross-border custody disputes arising from breakups of international marriages.

The government aims for the bills to be enacted during the current parliamentary session.

Currently, if a parent who has lost custody of a child takes the child away, that parent's presence is required during the child's compulsory handover to the other parent with custody rights.

The bill to revise the civil execution law seeks to remove this requirement following cases, for example, in which enforcement officers acting on court orders faced difficulties conducting handovers of such children as parents who lost custody pretended not to be at home.

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