Hong Kong court to consider daughter’s bid to stop father’s second marriage

**HONG KONG, Aug 3 (Reuters) – A Hong Kong court will on Wednesday consider a daughter’s bid to stop her father from marrying a second time, in a case that has raised questions about the rights of children in such situations.**

The daughter, who is in her 20s, filed a petition in June asking the court to issue an injunction to prevent her 70-year-old father from marrying his girlfriend, who is in her 30s.

The daughter argues that her father is not of sound mind and that he is being unduly influenced by his girlfriend.

The father, a retired businessman, denies the allegations and says he is in love with his girlfriend and wants to marry her.

The case has attracted widespread attention in Hong Kong, where it has sparked a debate about the rights of children when their parents remarry.

Some people have expressed support for the daughter, saying that she has a right to protect her father from making a decision that could harm him.

Others have argued that the father has the right to marry whomever he wants, and that his daughter should not be able to interfere with his decision.

The court will hear arguments from both sides on Wednesday before making a ruling.

**The case is the latest in a series of high-profile legal battles in Hong Kong over the rights of children in family disputes.**

In 2019, a court ruled that a teenage girl could not be forced to see her father, who had been convicted of sexually abusing her.

In 2018, a court ruled that a mother could not prevent her ex-husband from taking their son to live in Singapore.

The outcome of the current case could have implications for other cases involving the rights of children in family disputes.

**Additional information:**

* The daughter’s petition is based on the Matrimonial Proceedings and Property Ordinance, which allows a child to apply to the court for an injunction to prevent a parent from remarrying if they believe that the parent is not of sound mind or is being unduly influenced.

* The father has denied the allegations and has said that he is of sound mind and that he is not being unduly influenced by his girlfriend.

* The court will hear arguments from both sides on Wednesday before making a ruling.

* The outcome of the case could have implications for other cases involving the rights of children in family disputes..

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