Child Investigation Services
by Japan PI
Child Custody Dispute in Japan
We understand the predicament of a child raised by a parent without the ability to provide an adequate home environment for children, especially in the international child custody dispute. During the period of divorce or separation in the international dispute, children will get involved in more significant negative stress than in the domestic disputes.
In some cases, a parent takes advantage of children to raise child support from the other. In other cases, a parent simply takes away children to revenge the other party.
Needless to say, the best interest of children is always our priority, and our compassionate and skilled bilingual investigators will work with the client and their attorney to solve the dispute over child custody.
No Joint Custody in Japan
Joint custody is non-existing by law in Japan’s laws
- Japanese family courts will give custody to the mothers automatically. It is not common for parents without custody to have visitation rights. This practice has been the source of international criticism for decades.
Type of Cases
- International Custody Dispute
- International Visitation Rights
- Domestic Custody Dispute
- Domestic Visitation Rights
- Child Investigation (Locate or Monitor Without Dispute)
If it’s an international case, you can get a legal support (ADR) from the Japanese MOFA (Ministry of Foreign Affairs). We can refer a bilingual attorney if you need legal assistance in Japan. Please refer The Hague Convention (Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction).
If it is a domestic case, there is no legal support from the Japanese government. You must solve this issue at your cost.
How We Can Help
Whether you are a concerned parent or an attorney we can provide you with expert, quality services. We sincerely hope to cooperate to ensure your children’s quality of life and your peace of mind.
- Locate children who are taken away
- Background investigation on the subject (parent), their family members or cohabitants
- Surveillance to verify if the child is abused or neglected, if there are signs of alcohol or drug abuse, etc.
- On-Site Investigation to assess the raising environment or to confirm the health and safety of the children
A Child of a Divorced Couple
A child is listed on his or her parent’s Koseki until they create their own. This typically happens when they get married. But in case of a divorce, the child will move to the person with Shinken (legal custody.) In case of a non-Japanese getting full custody in Japan, you should break your child off of the Japanese parent’s Family Registration and onto his or her own. (You probably need both Shinken and Kangoken types of child custody.)
This is not a complete solution to a future abduction by the Japanese parent, but it will make it more difficult, since it will be clearly obvious that the Japanese parent does not have custody. It will take an additional legal procedure to move the child back. So it is one more obstacle and a good precautionary and preventative measure.
Records of civil actions pertaining to non-Japanese citizens, such as marriage, adoption, divorce or death are available from the Municipal Office where the action was registered, in the same manner as the birth record of a non-Japanese citizen. Marriage and adoption records are maintained for 50 years. Divorce and death records are kept for 10 years.
FAQ’s on Child Investigations
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You can have legal aid from the Japanese government.
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