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April 2011 - legal information on China's Marriage Law - Marriage Registration & Divorce

On this legal website, you may find useful law information on the following areas relating to the marriage laws in China: marriage registration laws marriage registration of foreigners in China marriage laws: full statute divorce laws and legal procedures in China and marriage immigration in some countries. Read more →

British Nationals wishing to marry in China

The British Embassy in China is not authorised to perform marriages ceremonies. Marriages in China performed in accordance with Chinese law are generally recognised in UK law. Marrying in Mainland China, require a Certificate of No Impediment (CNI), a document which shows there are no objections to your marriage. Once... Read more →

Canadian National having married in China: Getting Ready for Marriage Immigration

Before you leave Canada, you need to prepare for your marriage immigration. You should go in person to your local Registrar of Marriages to obtain an Affidavit of Marital Status. This certificate costs $50 and proves your single status by confirming that you are not still involved in matrimony with... Read more →

Canadian National Get Married in China with Chinese National

Chinese Visa Requirements As a Canadian citizen you need a visa to visit China. You must make sure that your passport is valid for at least 6 more months with at least two blank pages available. After that you must apply for a single entry L-visa. Copy your passport ID... Read more →

General Information on Marriage in China by Australian Nationals

A marriage that is performed legally in China will be recognised by law in Australia , provided that the marriage would also be recognised under Australian law. The process for getting married in China is described below. If you are planning to be married in Australia , all enquiries should... Read more →

What China’s new marriage law has to do with American social conservatism

By LORI | Published: SEPTEMBER 8, 2011 Last month, a new interpretation of Chinese law went into effect that awards ownership of property bought before marriage to the original buyer, rather than to the couple jointly, as the law had previously been. It’s easy to see how this change would... Read more →

The Legal Criteria for Divorce in a Court of Law

The Marriage Law of 1980 stipulated two different procedures for applying for a divorce. These have not been changed in the 2001 revision. The first is an administrative procedure and it is followed when the husband and wife both want a divorce and they have reached an agreement for the... Read more →

The Common Property under China Marriage Law

The common property refers to the property acquired and owned by the wife and the husband through the duration of marriage. The duration of marriage starts from the date of marriage to the date either party dies or the date of divorce. What is common property under China Marriage Law?... Read more →

New Home Front opens up in Divorce Battleground

When romance ends, property arguments begin. Beijing-based lawyer Zhang Jing said he has been bombarded with inquiries since Saturday, when divorce property rules changed. Previously, marital assets were divided equally unless either party was found guilty of bigamy, domestic violence, abandoning the family or living with a lover for three... Read more →

Foreign-Related Marriage and Divorce in China

A marriage in China between a foreigner and a Chinese citizen or between two foreigners is considered a "foreign-related marriage". According to Article 147 of the General Principles of the Civil Law of the People's Republic of China, marriage of a Chinese citizen to a foreigner shall be bound by... Read more →

Court Considers Revising China’s Marriage Law

Court Considers Revising China’s Marriage Law By SHARON LaFRANIERE New York Times Published: February 16, 2011 BEIJING — Sallying forth into the ancient battleground of extramarital affairs, China’s top court appears poised to side with wronged wives against philandering husbands and greedy mistresses. Under a draft interpretation of China’s marriage... Read more →

New marriage law sparks debate in China

By Regional Representatives Aug 22, 2011 11:05PM UTC One of the hottest issues recently in China is the introduction of a new marriage law whereby a house bought for a children by parents and registered under the name of the child before marriage belongs to the child. That’s to... Read more →

New China Marriage Law: Patriarchy and Property

Posted by Maoist Rebel News on 2011 09 10 On the September 8 edition of the CCTV program “Dialogue” the new Chinese marriage laws passed by the supreme court of China were discussed. New interpretations of China’s marriage laws that came into effect in August have caused controversy in the... Read more →

Marriage Law in China—Divorce by Agreement

Nobody expects divorce, but in life, somebody may encounter it. Differing from England, USA or other countries, in China, there exist two ways to end your marriage, divorce by agreement or by litigation which is different from many countries where only courts have rights to end your marriage legally. Divorce... Read more →

Chinese Law Could Make Divorced Women Homeless

By DIDI KIRSTEN TATLOW Published: September 7, 2011 BEIJING — Millions of Chinese women, and some men, woke on Aug. 13 to discover their spouse had, in effect, become their landlord. On that day, the Supreme Court’s new interpretation of the 1980 Marriage Law came into force, stipulating that property... Read more →

Marriage Registration between Chinese citizen and Foreigners in China

Provisions for the registration of marriage between chinese citizen and foreigners (Approved by the State Council on August 17, 1983 and promulgated by the Ministry of Civil Affairs on August 26, 1983) 1. When Chinese citizens and foreigners (including foreign residents and those who come to China for a short... Read more →

China’s New Marriage Law Favors Men Over Women

By Fang Xiao Created: August 26, 2011 China’s Supreme Court issued a new judicial proviso pertaining to marriage law applications on Aug. 12. The proviso became effective on Aug.13 and immediately triggered widespread argument and criticism. Marriage law in China previously stated that married couples share joint ownership of property.... Read more →

Marriage Law of the People's Republic of China

(Adopted at the Third Session of the Fifth National People's Congress on September 10, 1980 and promulgated by Order No.9 of the Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress on September 10, 1980; and amended in accordance with the Decision on Amending the Marriage Law of the... Read more →

Divorce in contemporary China

After the establishment of the People's Republic in 1949, the country's new Marriage Law also explicitly provided for lawful divorces. Women were permitted to divorce their husbands and many did, sparking resistance from rural males especially. Kay Ann Johnson reported that tens of thousands of women in north central China... Read more →