Custody Battle Issue Arises in Samsung Daughter Divorce

kpopluv, Dec. 2, 2014, 10:03 a.m.

Im Woo-jae, a vice president of Samsung Electro-Mechanics and husband of Samsung chairman Lee Kun-hee's daughter Lee Boo-jin, said he will fight for custody of their son as the couple divorce. The two married in 1999. 

Im has hired two lawyers. One of them, Cho Dae-jin, told the Chosun Ilbo, "The media have been reporting that the two had reached an amicable settlement on most issues, but this is not true." Cho added that Im is "adamant" about retaining custody of his son.

That could turn the divorce proceeding into a full-blown legal battle. Im had so far refrained from hiring lawyers to represent him.  The couple have been living apart for seven years. A source close to Lee said, "I don't know why he wants to gain custody at this point. It probably has more to do with splitting the wealth."  Im's other lawyer, Lim Dong-jin, represented Samsung Electronics vice president Lee Jae-yong's wife during his divorce in 2009. 

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