Many people are familiar with pre-nuptial agreements (“pre-nups”). Images of a crying bride being forced to sign a pre-nup on her wedding day are part of popular culture and scenes in movies. Truth be told, most pre-nups are signed before the Big Day. What many people do not know is that married partners can enter…

As the number of COVID-19 cases has been on the rise in Hong Kong, so have parents’ concern for their children. Recently, we have been asked by several folks: what would happen to my child if s/he is tested positive for COVID-19? This concern is enhanced by the fact that, if a family member is…

A Pre-nuptial Agreement (“PNA”) is a unique form of contract, but unlike most contracts, there is an emotional component to a PNA. In the business world, contracts are used to ensure the smooth sale of goods, to buy and sell real estate, or to obtain a promise to perform services. PNAs perform the same function, but the context is different. They…

In the Hong Kong case of SPH v SA, the court ruled that, in general, the family courts in Hong Kong should honour any Pre-nuptial Agreement (“PNA”) freely entered into by both parties unless there are circumstances that would render enforcement of the PNA to be unfair to one of the parties. This decision was…

When dealing with French-Hong Kong cross-border marriages, the question that we get asked on a regular basis is: which is best when choosing between a French marital contract or a common law pre-nuptial agreement?  It is safe to say that there is no clear-cut answer to this question: it all depends on the personal situations…

A Hong Kong, les familles se sont retrouvées à cohabiter à longueur de journées, des semaines durant, du fait du travail à domicile imposé et de la fermeture des établissements scolaires. Dans ces conditions, et du fait notamment de la petite surface des logements à Hong Kong, les tensions familiales sont exacerbées. Un certain nombre…

As people have been working from home for weeks now and with children being home-schooled, things can get tense in the family home, especially in the small spaces we share in Hong Kong. A number of articles in SCMP, BBC, and CNN have featured articles indicating that there is an uptick in the number of…

In the last few weeks, we have had an increasing number of requests relating to the acquisition of French nationality or other kinds of ways to live legally in France. Some mixed couples living in Hong Kong have suddenly decided to call it a day after months of demonstrations followed by the situation imposed by…

As people have been working from home for weeks now and with children being schooled from home, things can get tense in the family home, especially in the small spaces we share in Hong Kong.  A number of articles in South China Morning Post, BBC, and CNN have featured articles indicating that there is an…

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