In South Korea, adultery was considered a crime punishable under the law until February 2015, when the country's Constitutional Court overturned the law. But even though unfaithful husbands and wives no longer risk a two-year prison sentence for their infidelity, they are still banned from seeking divorce proceedings.
Just like the February decision to decriminalize infidelity, the new case drew a substantial public response. Many complained that changes in the country's divorce law would encourage adultery and could be particularly harmful for women, as the "divorcee" label carries a particularly strong stigma for Korean women.
In the end, the 13-judge Supreme Court ruled seven to six against any change in the law, reiterating that those responsible for a marital breakdown cannot file for divorce.
However, if both sides agree on a settlement, a broken marriage can be legally ended, often with significant financial compensation to the wronged party.