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These days the practice of couples living together and acting as if they were married, without filing a registration of marriage, has increased.  This type of relationship is called a “common law marriage.”  Common law marriages in Japan come with all of the same responsibilities that a “real” marriage does, including the duty to live together, help one another and remain faithful.

When dissolving a common law marriage it is important to know what your rights and responsibilities are.  In many cases, couples may not understand their rights to jointly owned property.  This can result in an unfair division of assets or a needlessly bitter separation.  It is always best to consult with a lawyer before dissolving a common law marriage to make sure that you understand exactly what you are entitled to receive.

If you have any questions about divorce in Japan please contact our office to set up a legal consultation.