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Korean Child Custody Laws

There are some major changes in the judicial system this year. including a new law prohibiting the automatic transfer of parental rights from a deceased to a surviving parent and another designed to regulate the adoption system. Our Kim Yeonji tells us about this and some of the other changes on the horizon. In 2008, Choi Jinsil. one of the most beloved actresses in Korea, who was often compared to Jennifer Aniston in terms of popularity and attractiveness,. committed suicide. Before taking her own life, the actress was raising her two children on her own.

After her suicide, however, the guardianship of the children and her assets. which were into billions. were automatically transferred to her divorced husband Cho Sungmin, who was the children’s biological father. Cho, a baseball player, was known to have physically abused Choi and even had an affair which was the last blow to Choi’s marriage. In addition, Choi’s income was larger than Cho’s and the couple often fought over money, and it was suggested that Cho only wanted custody of his children because in doing so, he would also inherit his wife’s money.

So when the laws allowed Cho to assume custody of the children, Koreans raged against it. and the Supreme Court ruled that Cho would not win the right to claim her assets or the guardianship of the children. Afterward, the socalled Choi Jinsil Law was enacted and will go into effect this July. The law prohibits unqualified surviving parents from taking custody of a couple’s child or children after the other parent passes away. Another big change in the judicial system has to do with the adoption of minors. Currently, couples who adopt would simply report their decision to their local district.

New Changes in Judicial System to Be Implemented This Year

Office. However, starting in July, couples will first have to go through a screening process and the adoption must be made legal in a court of law. Meanwhile, a minor in Korea used to be defined as someone under 20 years of age. But from now on, a minor will be defined as a person under 19 years of age. because that’s when Koreans graduate from high school and when some enter the work force. The nation’s elitigation services will expand this year as well. making it possible for people to prepare and file court documents electronically.

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