City court rules in foreign alimony case

Tian Shengjie
A judicial treaty signed by China and Belarus enables a court in Shanghai to help enforce a judgment by a foreign court  after a man from Turkey moved to the city to work. 
Tian Shengjie

Shanghai No. 2 Intermediate People’s Court has helped a court in Belarus enforce its judgment in a case related to child maintenance and alimony, the intermediate court said on Friday.

In 2018, the foreign court rules that a man from Turkey should pay money for his ex-wife and daughter. But he refused and later moved to Shanghai. In March, his ex-wife asked the Shanghai court to take action to enforce the judgment.

The court contacted him but at first he could not understand why a Chinese court was involved. It was explained there was a judicial assistance treaty signed by both countries in force and the Shanghai court had the right to take over the case. 

The man then said his ex-wife had refused to let him visit his daughter and that he had paid money through WeChat between April and October in 2018. But that was rejected by the court in Belarus. The Shanghai court said it had no right to further investigate.

After confirming different laws in detail with the  court in Belarus, the Shanghai court asked the man’s company to deduct a certain amount from his salary every month.

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