Esther Erlings, Lecturer in Legislation, Flinders University, Australia
Keywords: boarding institution – high-conflict divorce – moving – best interests of the child
As a former British colony, the option of a boarding school education continues to be an important part of Hong Kong’s educational framework. Whilst traditionally intended to offer offspring with ‘an appropriate British education’, factors for sending kids to boarding college are expanding. This write-up provides a thematic analysis of reported cases in the Hong Kong family jurisdiction referencing boarding college or abroad education and learning, aimed at uncovering inspirations for sending youngsters to boarding college. The evaluation exposes two arising themes in boarding school applications that are of relevance past the Hong Kong jurisdiction: initially, the use of boarding school as a means to lift a youngster out of a high-conflict separation environment, as well as, secondly, boarding proposals as a kind of ‘strategic diversion’, where one parent looks for to move with the youngster and also the other moms and dad suggests boarding as a compromise. The post reviews the analysis’ searchings for, including from the viewpoint of the very best interests of the kid, which may be offered by a child’s physical elimination from established parental dispute, yet maybe not by coming to be a compromise-boarder.
This post has actually been approved for magazine in Child and also Household Legislation Quarterly in Concern 1, Vol 34, Year 2022.