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According to reports, Hong Sang Soo filed for divorce arbitration with his wife Mrs. Jo on November 9 at the Seoul Family Court. Divorce Arbitration is a process in which a husband and wife decide to negotiate the terms of a divorce, with an arbitrator who will act as a neutral, 3rd party when it comes to non-negotiable decisions.
Supposedly, Director Hong Sang Soo has already made several attempts to file for divorce by mutual consent with his wife, but Mrs. Jo continued to refuse, which led to a divorce arbitration.
One lawyer noted that if Hong Sang Soo admits to his affair with Kim Min Hee, he becomes "a husband and and spouse with a liability toward his family, and may logically lose his right to request for a divorce. How the court determines whether or not Mrs. Jo had a part in the resulted affair, or whether or not Hong Sang Soo is responsible for a marriage failure, will be very important."