A woman in her 20s is suing the Japanese government over marriage laws that she believes discriminate against women wishing to remarry.
The woman, who lives in Soja, Okayama Prefecture, has filed two lawsuits, according to a report on Fuji TV. The first concerns Article 733 of the Civil Code, which prohibits women from getting remarried within six months of the dissolution of the last marriage contract. One exception to the rule is when a woman is pregnant before the divorce. Under this condition, she can remarry after the birth of a child.
According to the Okayama District Court, the woman filing the suit was divorced in March 2008 and was forced to wait until October of the same year to marry her current husband. She is suing for 1.65 million in damages, claiming the Civil Code is discriminatory because the same articles do not apply to men.
The woman has also filed a second lawsuit concerning Article 772 of the Civil Code, which states that if a woman has a child within 300 days of getting divorced, the child will still be considered the legitimate offspring of her ex-husband. The woman had a daughter with her current husband but the Soja local government did not recognize the child as being the offspring of her current husband. As a result, the couple were unable to register their daughter's birth.
Both cases are currently at the appeal stage.© Japan Today