GROUNDS FOR DIVORCE AND THE TIME RESTRICTION ON PETITIONS FOR DIVORCE WITHIN THREE YEARS OF MARRIAGE

GROUNDS FOR DIVORCE AND THE TIME RESTRICTION ON PETITIONS FOR DIVORCE WITHIN THREE YEARS OF MARRIAGEGROUNDS FOR DIVORCE AND THE TIME RESTRICTION ON PETITIONS FOR DIVORCE WITHIN THREE YEARS OF MARRIAGE

Introduction

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Why consider the law on divorce?

1. The number of marriages ending in divorce has risen dramatically in recent decades.1 As a consequence, those who must undergo the legal divorce process are no longer the «deviant» few, but a large and ever-increasing sector of our community. This dramatic rise in the number of people affected, and the unhappy social consequences which every divorce leaves in its wake, have led many jurisdictions in recent years to implement major reforms of their law in this area.2 In Hong Kong however the law of divorce has remained largely static for nearly twenty years, the last major reforms having taken place in the early 1970s.

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