Grounds for Divorce in Korea: Korean Divorce Law Basics

Foreigners may file, in most cases, for divorce in Korea if one party to the divorce resides in Korea or the parties agree to the jurisdiction of the Korean Family Court or local Korean court.  Korean does not restrict those under SOFA, diplomats and non-permanent residents from filing for divorce in Korea. However, if the non-filing party to a divorce wishes to stay married, the filing party must prove that his or her hands are cleaner than the non-filing spouse and must establish adequate grounds for divorce.  The Grounds for Divorce in Korea are noted below.  The family courts, in Korea, have strictly interpreted the grounds for divorce. In most cases of foreigners divorcing, it is advisable to find a proactive Korean Divorce Lawyer. The reality is that few divorce lawyers in Korea are proactive and few are experienced with divorce among foreigners.  The English language capability coupled with experience,

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