South Korean unfaithful spouses cannot file divorce lawsuits

Seoul, Sep 15 (IANS) South Korea’s Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that unfaithful spouses are not allowed to file divorce lawsuits in accordance with the no-fault law.

Upholding a lower court’s ruling, the Supreme Court dismissed a divorce suit filed by a husband responsible for the breakup of his marriage, against his wife, Yonhap News Agency reported.

Seven of 13 sitting judges ruled that it is too early to change the law, which would allow such cheating spouses to file divorce lawsuits.

The court noted that a spouse committing marital infidelity still can divorce his or her spouse through settlements.

According to data by the court, 77.7 percent of couples who divorced in the country in 2014 did so through settlements.

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