Annulments have been nearly impossible to obtain in Korea when parties have voluntarily married and the marriage was properly registered. However,courts have been, recently, willing to entertain colorful arguments in some cases.
Recently, a young
married couple obtained an annulment based on some interesting facts.
The couple lived together with the sister of the husband prior to
marriage. They were living, according to the couple, just as friends.
Thus, the couple were not having sexual relations.
employer of the male asked about his marital status and he advised the
employer that he was single. The company discovered that he was living
with a woman. Employees of the company were not amused and requested
that he clarify the situation. The man, then, fearing for his job
requested the woman to marry him. They married. The woman claimed they
she, only, married because she felt bad for the man.
case is interesting since the case doesn't rest on whether the marriage
was voluntary, but focused on the intent of the marriage. The court
opined that : "The marriage was a hoax with the only intention
being him not getting fired." Seemingly, at least one court in Korea
will accept that if someone purpose of marriage was not simply to marry,
but for other reasons - a marriage may be annulled.
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