South Korea Top Court Upholds Ban On Divorce Rights For Unfaithful Spouses

South Korea Top Court Upholds Ban On Divorce Rights For Unfaithful Spouses

The Supreme Court of South Korea upheld a law that forbids an unfaithful spouse from filing for divorce. The 7-6 ruling came about when a man seeking to divorce his wife he left 15 years ago for another woman, challenged the law.

In affirming that “the spouse who is mainly responsible for a broken marriage cannot file for divorce,” the court stated that its ruling was partly because of the need to protect women from their husbands divorcing them without justifiable complaint in a country where gender equality still needs to improve. Couples are still allowed to end their marriage if the spouses are able to agree on a settlement.



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