Joint custody to become Swiss law for divorces, unmarried parents

BERN, SWITZERLAND – Parents who are not married will in future have joint custody of their children, following a 41-0 (one abstention) vote Monday 4 March by the upper house of the Swiss parliament. One in five Swiss children is born out of wedlock today and 50 percent of couples today divorce, some 20,000 a […]

New Swiss child custody law inches closer to reality

Upper house committee identifies final sticking points BERN, SWITZERLAND – Switzerland will have a new child custody law sometime soon, now that both houses of parliament are close to aligning their divergences, with recommendations from an upper house committee published Tuesday 12 February. The upper house committee reviewed the law proposed by the Federal Council […]

Joint custody inches closer to legal reality


Lower house approves recommendation to make joint custody the norm BERN, SWITZERLAND – The lower house of the Swiss parliament Tuesday accepted a committee’s recommendation to make joint custody of children the norm, whether parents are divorced or unmarried and living apart. A final question will be dealt with Wednesday, about some of the financial […]

Joint parental custody moves a step closer to Swiss law

BERN, SWITZERLAND – Parents sharing custody of children no matter what their marital state moved a step closer to becoming Swiss law last week when the legal commission of the lower house voted with no opposition in favour of an upper house commission motion to change the law. Custody today is assigned to one or […]

Valais woman learns husband she divorced in Nov. died in 2009

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A Swiss woman from canton Valais has learned that the French man she divorced in November in fact died in July 2009, but she was never informed by Geneva authorities, the canton where the couple resided, reports Le Nouvelliste. The two were married for three years, but parted company once she realized […]

Hong Kong divorce award possibly highest in Asia

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A Hong Kong couple’s split after eight years of marriage has resulted in ex-wife Florence Tsang Chiu-wing being awarded US$154 million (HK$1.2 billion) as part of the divorce settlement, after eight years of marriage. Her former husband, real estate tycoon Samathur Li Kin-kan, is the son of billionaire Samuel Tak Lee. The […]

Update: missing twins, public asked to help (update 5)

Police number if you have information +41 21 644 82 31, or go to the nearest police station Update 5, 12:00 6 February / Lausanne and Basel, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Two six-year-olds, Alessia and Livia, remain missing Saturday morning 5 February, and police are asking the public for any news that might help find them, following their father’s […]

You’ll soon be able to check family allowances online

Bern, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Switzerlandta has a system of family allowances in lieu of standard tax deductions for children, with monthly payments for dependents, and it is about to take a step towards greater transparency. Starting in January 2011 the public will have access to new, nationally coordinated online records for family allowance payment. The […]

Holiday weekend news roundup, Lake Geneva region

Lausanne, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Monday 20 September is a holiday in much of Switzerland, the Jeûne Fédéral. GenevaLunch, based in Vaud, will be providing limited news coverage. Swiss weekend news highlights include: SOCIETY – Four people are dead and 17 injured after a woman went on a shooting spree in Loerrach, Germany, near Basel, in […]

Newly separated fathers get help in Zurich

Reuters carries a story about a relatively new service in Zurich, started by a pastor, to provide shelter to men in the days following a marital breakup. It’s a thoughtful feature article, the kind media used to be able to do more often, about a thoughtful service, worth the read. It’s not a huge project, […]