Dorothea Isobel Park v Jchn Mitchell Park And Another

Court:Family Court (Hong Kong)
Judgement Number:FCMC760/1975
Judgment Date:18 Jul 1977
FCMC000760/1975 DOROTHEA ISOBEL PARK v. JCHN MITCHELL PARK AND ANOTHER

FCMC000760/1975

IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF HONG KONG

HOLDEN AT VICTCRIA

DIVORCE JURISDICTION

ACTION NO. 760 OF 1975

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BETWEEN
DOROTHEA ISOBEL PARK Petitioner
and
JCHN MITCHELL PARK 1st Respondent
BARBARA TUNNE 2nd Respondent

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Coram: Mr. Registrar Stapp in Chambers.

Date of Judgment: 18th July 1977.

Miss J. Leong (Helen A. Lo & Co.) for Petitioner.

Mr. R. Mills-Owens (Johnson, Stokes & Master) for 1st Respondent.

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DECISION

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1. The petitioner-wife (hereinafter called "the wife") and the 1st respondent-husband (hereinafter called "the husband") were married on 5th March, 1960. The husband, a medical practitioner, was then aged 35 and had been married once previously. The wife, an education officer, was then aged 41 and had not been previously married. They have one daughter, Dorothy Ilia Park, born 10th December, 1960.

2. In 1959, prior to the marriage, the intended matrimonial home at 28 Lugard Road, The Peak, was purchased in the husband's name. After the marriage, the wife continued working for the Hong Kong Government as Head-mistress of the Peak Government Junior English School, until she resigned in 1962, in order to care of her husband and child and to look after the home.

3. At the beginning of 1973, the husband left the matrimonial home and has since been cohabiting with the 2nd respondent, whom he proposes to marry, and apparently they hope to have a family. As a result, the marriage was dissolved in January, 1976.

4. The wife and daughter have continued living in the matrimonial home, although the daughter has been attending boarding school in England since September, 1976, and since then has only lived in the home whilst on holidays.

5. As usual, the matrimonial home is the most important capital asset. It was purchased for $100,000, of which $40,000 was then paid by the husband, and the balance of $60,000 was advanced by the Hong Kong & Shanghai Bank Ltd., on mortgage to the husband. The wife contributed $11,580 towards that sum of $40,000. As a result of soaring real estate values, valuations now indicate that it is probably worth in excess of $2 million. It has been agreed by the husband and wife that the home be sold. If the highest bid is less than $2 million, the husband shall have the option of retention upon paying the...

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