South Korean Parents Who Divorce Must Attend Mandatory Parenting Classes Before Split

David Lee, March 28, 2016, 8:04 a.m.

Parents who want to divorce will have to take parenting classes before they go their separate ways, the Seoul Family Court said Sunday. The measure goes into effect in May.  Failure to attend the classes will result in the divorce application being denied.

The classes will cover various forms of child abuse that can occur both shortly before and after divorce, not only physical but psychological.  A court official said, "The majority of serious child abuse occurs in divorced families or among remarried couples. We want to publicize the seriousness of child abuse."

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