The issue of cross-border marriage

【明報專訊】Last Wednesday the Legislative Council adopted the Mainland Judgments in Matrimonial and Family Cases (Reciprocal Recognition and Enforcement) Bill, which will eliminate and reduce the hassle caused by re-litigation in Hong Kong and mainland China faced by the people concerned. However, the legislation is only an instance of co-operation when the judiciaries of the two regions try to solve a problem, but not taking the initiative to identify an issue. An example of this phenomenon is the requirement of a certificate of absence of marriage record when residents from the two regions want to register their marriages.