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Duxbury etc is the first reference work to be published freely by family lawyers for the public to provide essential information and legal materials for those involved in legal disputes. It is a public interest project aimed at increasing access to justice. Published in English and Chinese, it is unique. It introduces a number of entirely new materials to Hong Kong: Duxbury Tables (allowing easier calculation of lump sum payments, tailored for Hong Kong’s own economic conditions), a Family Law Glossary (explaining the sometimes archaic lexicon of the family courts), summaries of the essential concepts (introducing the fundamental structure of each of the main areas of family law: divorce, children and money), a list of essential statutes, leading cases and much more. Wherever possible, freely available Internet-based resources are hyperlinked in the text (including case law and statutes). It covers the gamut of family law: public and private family law disputes, children, domestic violence, divorce, ancillary relief, and marriage.
Family law is in the midst of a revolution in Hong Kong that began in 2010 with LKW v DD (2010) 13 HKCFAR 537 and PD v KWW (Joint Custody, Care and Control) [2010] 4 HKLRD 191, when certain outdated notions of inequality between men and women in ancillary relief and child custody matters were ousted. It continued with W v Registrar of Marriages (2013) 16 HKCFAR 112, which redefined the role of women in marriage and the definition of gender itself, and Director of Immigration v QT [2018] 4 HKC 403, which extended equality protections to same-sex couples in marriages and civil partnerships celebrated overseas. In 2021, the High Court ordered that a non-biological parent of a child born by his/her former same-sex partner should be granted guardianship rights, joint custody and shared care over his/her children: LS v KG [2021] HKCFI 1401. All of this, against a backdrop of Hong Kong fast becoming the divorce capital of Asia (see e.g. JQ v CLH [2021] HKFC 105).
These kinds of changes were unthinkable at the Handover but despite the almost complete lack of legislative reform, they are now regular events. What has changed? Not just the law but the law’s understanding of our families and society. In this new environment, there is no better time for a publication like this to assist the public in keeping up to date. This publication will be annually updated and we encourage our readers to come directly to us with suggestions for improvement. We will, of course, do our best to keep Duxbury Etc up to date with the ‘revolution’ and firmly hope this will both help to resolve disputes quickly and improve the quality submissions before the courts.
The book is available in English and Traditional Chinese.
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The materials within this website and publication are for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. It does not constitute professional advice, whether legal or otherwise, and does not purport to be comprehensive. You should seek legal or other professional advice before acting or relying on any of the content. You should contact a solicitor to obtain advice with respect to any particular issue or problem. Use of this publication and website and the material within it do not create a solicitor-client relationship between its authors, contributors, publishers and the reader. The opinions expressed at or through this publication and website are the opinions of the individual authors and contributors and may not reflect the opinions of the Hong Kong Family Law Association or any other party. Although care has been taken to ensure the reliability of the contents of this publication and website, neither the authors, nor the distributors, nor the printers, nor the publishers nor the contributors warrant their accuracy. Neither do they have any liability, obligation or responsibility whatsoever for any loss, destruction or damage (including without limitation consequential loss, destruction or damage) howsoever arising from or in respect of your use or misuse of or reliance on or inability to use any contents herein.
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