Korean Law Demystified!

Recent Divorce Cases 3

In Korea, there are essentially four (main) issues regarding divorce: 1) Can I unilaterally file for divorce? 2) How is “marital property” to be divided? 3) Can…

MOFA’s Travel Prohibition System

Right now, Koreans are prohibited from traveling to the following countries: Iraq, Yemen, Libya, Somalia, Afghanistan, Syria, and parts of the Philippines. This is because of the…

What is 폭행?

Pokhaeng is a crime akin to battery in American law. (Battery is the use of force against another, resulting in harmful or offensive contact.) I say “akin” because…

Recent Divorce Cases 2

These are actually two remarriage-related cases from last month. The Seoul High Court ordered a divorcee to pay 5 mil won (as damages for psychological pain…

Recent Defamation Cases 4

In Korea, the Supreme Court recently affirmed an appellate court decision which had found a woman not guilty of defamation. She had impersonated her ex boyfriend’s…

Recent Divorce Cases 1

In Korea, not just any married person can ask (the court) for a divorce unilaterally. His/her spouse has to be (mainly) at fault for having ruined…

Recent Defamation Cases 3

Recently here in South Korea, a professional baseball player and his former girlfriend were both found guilty of defamation by the Suwon District Court. (Defamation is…

Gambling under Korean Law

[Example Situation] Mr. Kim (age 50, Suwonite) invites five of his neighbors come and play poker. Money/betting is involved, but only KRW 500 – 3000 (USD…

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