Obtaining Child Support in Korea from a Deadbeat Father (or Mother)

The, typical, situation occurs when a child is born out-of-wedlock and the father abandons the child. Child Support in Korea may be obtained from these deadbeat fathers and fathers (and mothers) that refuse to pay the Korean child support may be fined and even jailed.

This situation is alarmingly common. The, typical, situation involves Philippine, Chinese, Vietnamese, Cambodian, Thai, and Southeast Asian country women having children with Korean Nationals. The Korean fathers are, typically, students, workers abroad or businessmen doing business in these countries. The KOPINO issue has been publicized in the Korean media, however, few cases have been filed in Korean courts, seemingly, because of a lack of knowledge of options available to these mothers.  Korea Child Support, Child Support in Korea, KOPINO

Yes, mothers of children of these deadbeat fathers have options. The best option is to sue for child support in a Korean court. The process is not so difficult and mothers may receive back child support from the father. Prior to suing, the mother should obtain all contact details, identification cards, and other information about the deadbeat Korean father.

Korean Paternity Law
In order for a mother to obtain the right to receive child support, the mother must either have the father acknowledge paternity or a Korean court must rule that the individual is the father of the child. A court shall, normally, order a DNA test to determine paternity if a father does not acknowledge paternity. Prior to the ordering of a DNA test, the court, normally, requires evidence of a relationship between the mother and the alleged father.  This can be accomplished by showing emails, pictures, or statements from witnesses.

Many lawyers in Korea, have taken cases on a partial contingency basis, thus, the mother filing the case may avoid a considerable amount of upfront money.  We, highly, recommend contacting an attorney and seeing if an attorney can assist in obtaining for you and your child – child support.

For a consultation with an attorney in Korea: please schedule a call with an English-speaking Korean lawyer.

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