Japan: For Birth Within Ten Months After Divorce, the Father Is …

A child is born within ten months after its mother’s divorce.

If mother and child live in Japan, this is a bit of a problem.

Under existing Japanese law, legally, the baby is the child of the mother’s former husband.

But, under a brand new Japanese statute, the baby may now be deemed to be the child of the mother’s new husband – provided that a physician certify that the baby was conceived after the divorce was finalized.

According to reports, about 2,800 Japanese babies each year are born within ten months after their mother’s divorce.

However, ninety percent of them will not qualify for the doctor’s certification required by the new statute.

As a result, it appears that the mothers may fail to register these babies, as is usually done there.

Read more in this Daily Yomiuri article: Registration of children born after divorce begins.