This article tells you about what you need to go through when you are getting a divorce and support services for the persons involved.
When You are Troubled in Marriage
Before you come to a decision of getting divorced, counselling can help you discuss your problems, learn the skills to work out conflicts and get to know the options ahead of you. The Family Planning Association of Hong Kong (HKFPA) provides counselling service for couples who are encountering relationship problems. Counselling and referral service is also provided by Integrated Family Service Centres/Integrated Services Centres, for individuals and families in need.
- Marriage counselling from HKFPA (available in Chinese only)http://www.famplan.org.hk/fpahk/zh/template1.asp?style=template1.asp&content=services/counseling/prepare.asp
- Integrated Family Services from the Social Welfare Department/ Non-governmental Organisationshttp://www.swd.gov.hk/en/index/site_pubsvc/page_family/sub_listofserv/id_ifs/
When You Opt for a Divorce
The following link provides you with useful information on how to apply for a divorce to the court, such as forms to fill in, details of the proceedings and whether you should hire a lawyer.
- How to apply for a divorcehttp://www.judiciary.gov.hk/en/crt_services/pphlt/html/divorce.htm
You will also find it helpful to seek legal advice and assistance in the proceedings. You can learn how to apply for legal aid, seek legal advice or hire a lawyer to represent you from the article below.
- How to get legal advice and assistancehttp://www.gov.hk/en/residents/government/legal/advice/advice.htm
Other Support from the Government
Couples who are currently living in Public Rental Housing (PRH) flats should approach the Housing Department (HD) for housing arrangements after they have finalised the divorce proceedings. The HD may grant the tenancy of the current flat to either party, or allocate an additional flat to the divorcees, depending on their means, custody of the children, and individual circumstances.
- Housing arrangements for divorced coupleshttp://www.housingauthority.gov.hk/en/common/pdf/about-us/policy-focus/policies-on-public-housing/B09/B09.pdf
Assistance on education is also provided for children from single-parent or broken families.
- Kindergarten and Child Care Centre Fee Remission Schemehttp://www.sfaa.gov.hk/eng/schemes/kinder.htm
For enquiries, please contact the Hotline of Social Welfare Department on (852) 2343 2255.
Last review date: December 2013