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Last Updated Oct. 23, 2011
Divorce and inheritance
H. Kawarazaki, esq.
I have been married to my wife (a Japanese national) for 11 years and have
2 children aged 5 and 9.
We are currently building a house on my father-in-laws land which will be
finished next March.
We have taken out a loan in both of our names through the Japan Housing Finance Agency system
for ¥25,000,000 but the land is held in my father-in-laws name.
My wife has committed adultery which she only recently told me about and we
are considering divorce or separation after the house is completed.
I have decided that my wife should continue to live with the children in
our new house.
My wife inherited ¥20,000,000 when her mother died and we also have
¥15,000,000 of savings in an account in USA in my name.
My wife doesn't currently work and hasn't worked for most of our marriage
and my income is around ¥7,000,000 a year.
We have no debt except the housing loan.
I would like to know how much I would have to pay for child support by
Japanese law if we divorce?
Is the inheritance my wife received only hers or is it considered part of
our combined money?
I have a permanent resident visa so would this continue even if I get divorced?
Your annual income is around ¥7,000,000 and your 2 children are under 14 years old.
So your child support is from ¥140,000 to ¥160,000 monthly.
You can calculate by yourself using the Child support calculator .
- As alimony you must pay ¥7,500,000. That is 1/2 of your saving money.
- As compensation money for adultery she must pay you around ¥3,000,000.
The inheritance that your wife received is only hers.
Yes, your permanent resident visa would continue even if you get divorced.