Family Law

September 20, 2017

How long can you prevent acceptance of a divorce registration in Japan?

Spouses who are worried that their partner might file a fraudulent divorce registration in Japan can file a Non-Acceptance of Notification of Divorce (rikon fujuri moshidesho 離婚不受理申出書) in order to prevent acceptance of a divorce form.  While this non-acceptance used to only last for 6 months, in 2008 the law was changed to allow such non-acceptance to be valid until withdrawn by the submitting spouse.
September 14, 2017

Does marrying a permanent resident of Japan allow the spouse to receive a visa?

There are two types of spousal visas in Japan, one for spouses of Japanese citizens and one for spouses of permanent residents of Japan, although both visas are substantially the same.  Therefore, it is possible for a foreign national to receive a visa to enter Japan even if his/her spouse is only a Japanese permanent resident.
August 21, 2017

Can one spouse unilaterally file for divorce based on the other spouse’s adultery?

To obtain a court-ordered divorce in Japan, there must be statutorily recognized reason for granting the divorce.  Adultery is one of those five recognized reasons.  However, while adultery does provide a potential basis for divorce, divorce will not be automatically granted when one spouse has been unfaithful.
August 18, 2017

What are the requirements to maintain a spousal visa in Japan?

Spousal visas in Japan allow the holder to work freely in almost any profession.  Therefore, upon marrying a Japanese national, many foreign nationals decide to switch their visa status to a spousal visa.  The main requirement for a spousal visa is that the visa holder continue to engage in activity as a spouse.