By Kim Rahn
A local court Monday ordered a 55-year-old woman to pay her husband compensation in granting him a divorce for her not keeping her written promise not to have illicit relationships after she had been caught having affairs with four other men.
The unidentified woman began inappropriate relationships with the four in 2005, after 20 years of marriage. The couple often quarreled, as she came home late frequently, according to the Seoul Family Court.
The 58-year-old husband filed a divorce suit but dropped it after she gave him a written promise that she would apologize to him for her affairs, would not contact or have money transaction with her friends, and would never drink or smoke.
But in just two month, she repeated her drinking and coming home late while her husband went on business trips.
As he got angry, the wife again gave a written promise that she admitted to breaching the first promise and would have no objection against a divorce if she breached it again. But she kept up her behavior, and the husband filed for a divorce.
The court granted the divorce and ordered her and the four men to pay him 30 million won ($26,800) in compensation, adding the marital relations were unlikely to recover.
“She promised not to smoke and drink as the marriage faced failure, but she totally broke marital trust by smoking and drinking during his absence rather than trying to rebuild trust,” the court said.
The four men were ordered to pay 5 million won each, as the court ruled they were part of the cause for the failed marriage.