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Vietnam likely to set fine of up to $937 for fake divorces

Monday, February 02, 2015, 15:26 GMT+7
Vietnam likely to set fine of up to $937 for fake divorces
A cartoon of a broken heart caused by sufferings such as divorce. The Vietnamese Ministry of Justice has proposed a fine of up to US$937 for those committing a fake divorce.

The Vietnamese Ministry of Justice has proposed fines of up to VND20 million (US$937) for those committing a fake divorce in draft amendments to a relevant governmental decree.

>> Ban on same sex marriage to be lifted next year in Vietnam The ministry is collecting feedback about a draft decree on amending a number of articles of Decree 110/2013 dated September 24, 2013 that provides for administrative penalties in the fields of justice assistance, judicial administration, marriage and family, civil judgment enforcement, and enterprise and cooperative bankruptcy. According to the ministry, “carrying out a divorce for purposes other than the purpose of ending a marriage is considered an act of fake divorce and shall be given an administrative penalty.”   Accordingly, acts of taking advantage of a divorce to evade property-related obligations, to do things that violate population-related laws or policies, or to achieve purposes that are not aimed at ending a marriage will be subject to a fine ranging from VND10 million ($470) to VND20 million ($937). Also under the draft decree, those who live together as husband and wife with others with whom they have a direct blood line but their cohabitation is not serious enough to be held criminally responsible will also be fined at the same rate. The draft legislation also sets a fine ranging from VND1 million ($47) to VND3 million ($141) for acts of adultery or marriage between foster parents and their adopted children.

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