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Divorce in Korea today

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By Bernard Rowan

According to the Statistics Korea website, the divorce rate here was 4.4 per 1,000 people in 2017. Divorces have declined from early 21st century highs. Yet over 100,000 occur each year. More occur among older Koreans. "Twilight divorces" are increasing; couples with 20 to 30 years of marriage are now calling it quits. They think of later life too. More Koreans apply for divided pensioner benefits, and divorced spouses can claim part of their ex's pension.

Recently, several high-profile divorces have occurred: Kim Na-Young, Park Eun-hye, and Yumin are just some of many. Im Hyung-joon and Lee Yong-dae are some well-known men who are divorced. Although P-Goon and Yumin's divorce after the honeymoon made waves, the real story is most Korean divorces happen to couples in their 40s to 60s.

Koreans may seek a divorce for several reasons. Adultery, desertion, abuse of in-laws or the spouse are grounds. Not knowing if the spouse is alive (for three years or more) and irreconcilable difficulties are other reasons. A divorcing couple must first see an appointed family court official to address........

© The Korea Times