In a world where monogamy has started to seem almost nonexistent and divorce rates are high, adultery is actually still highly frowned upon in many countries, particularly in South Korea where the top court has recently ruled that adulterers cannot file for divorce.
As it stands, the spouse who is deemed responsible for a broken marriage cannot legally initiate divorce proceedings.
That legislation was recently challenged when the Supreme Court heard a case about a man seeking a divorce from the wife he left 15 years ago for another woman.
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The man’s attorneys argued that his marriage was permanently broken and irreconcilable and thus gives him the right to seek a divorce even if the wife objects.
However, the fact that he had an affair that produced a child and left his wife for the new family nullifies the argument in the eyes of the law.
South Korea’s Constitutional Court just decriminalized adultery earlier this year, but the Supreme Court ruled to maintain the current divorce law that prohibits an adulterer from filing for divorce.
The ruling noted that women would be disproportionately affected if unfaithful spouses were allowed to divorce without a justifiable complaint.
It also indicated that a broken marriage could be legally dissolved if both parties agreed on a settlement.