Enforcement of civil judgments in matrimonial and family cases between Hong Kong and the Mainland

To facilitate the reciprocal recognition and enforcement of civil judgments on matrimonial and family matters between the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) and the Mainland, the Arrangement on Reciprocal Recognition and Enforcement of Civil Judgments in Matrimonial and Family Cases by the Courts of the Mainland and of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (“the Arrangement”) was signed between the Supreme People’s Court and the HKSAR Government on 20 June 2017.

The Arrangement covers various types of matrimonial and family civil judgments, including decrees absolute of divorce, decrees absolute of nullity, maintenance orders, custody orders etc. made by the HKSAR courts; and judgments on dissolution of marriage, validity of marriage, duty to maintain the other party to a marriage, custody of a child etc. given by the Mainland courts. Please click here for the key features of the Arrangement.

The Arrangement will come into effect after both sides have completed their respective internal procedures. Specifically it will be implemented in the Mainland by way of judicial interpretation and in the HKSAR by way of legislation. The Arrangement does not have any retrospective effect.

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