After several years of increasing political pressure Japan has taken a step closer to joining the international child-custody agreement, as reported by in a New York Times news articled published May 20th, 2011.

The 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction Act is an act signed and ratified by the United States, Canada, and several European countries. Roughly only seven nations, including Japan, have not committed to the act. The act grants protection to a parent in a foreign country against the other parent abducting their child. For example, currently since Japan has not signed the treaty, a Japanese mother could leave with her child to Japan and cut off all legal rights and access to the child from the father.

There is still a strong public resistance to signing the bill. In Japan, after a divorce the mother is normally awarded full custody of the child. Japanese fathers generally do not see their children again under adulthood.

We at the Law Office of Jayson Lutzky, P.C. ( are following closely to the laws effecting the issues surround child custody and support. If you have any legal questions or concerns regarding a spousal support dispute, then please contact our law office at 1-800-660-LAWYER or 1-800-660-5299 today for a free initial consultation.