A husband cannot divorce his wife despite her having a years-long affair, a South Korean court ruled Friday, insisting only the injured party in a marriage could initiate a legal separation.

Movie director Hong Sang-soo, 58, a Cannes film festival regular, filed for divorce in 2016, shortly after his relationship with actress Kim Min-hee became public.

But Hong’s wife, whom he wed in 1985, refused to play along-leading to a drawn-out legal battle that has lasted for years.
Seoul Family Court on Friday dismissed Hong’s petition, and awarded costs against him.

South Korea remains a conservative society, where until 2015, anyone indulging in extramarital sex risked a two-year prison sentence.

Source: New Nation

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