Working draft proposes joint custody of youngsters in Japan

Politics 07/19/2022 21:51 (JST)

TOKYO, July 19 (Jiji Press)–A Japanese government team on Tuesday presented a working draft of a preliminary proposal with an option that would allow divorced parents to share custody of their children.

The draft, authored by the Legislative Council’s Family Law Subcommittee and advising the Attorney General, proposes that Japan either adopt a joint custody system or retain the existing system of assigning custody to one parent.

The subcommittee will adopt the preliminary proposal at its next meeting in late August and will seek public opinion.

Under current law, parents have joint custody of their children as long as they are married. After the divorce, each parent has custody.

Sole custody in Japan is seen as a factor in problems such as unpaid child support expenses and failure to ensure meetings between non-custodial parents and their children.

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