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Moerae
03-22-2009, 12:13 AM
So, I'm working on a little idea that I want to write on the side, but I've managed to get myself into a pickle.

Basic story is a girl who is living in South Korea and working in a ballet academy who gets pregnant and has to deal with raising a child, work, the child's father (Who is kind of a jerk), and so on. What I need to know is what laws in South Korea would affect certain situations in my story.

1. A guy she meets later on wants to adopt the baby and marry her. He is a South Korean citizen. Would they have to be married before he could legally adopt the baby? What would they have to do for that to happen?

2. The mother of the baby is a US citizen, and so is the baby. How would this affect the adoption process?

3. I've already done a lot of research into ballerinas who get pregnant, and I know that it is possible for one to have a child and still continue to work. However, I also understand that there is a lot of problems for single mothers in Korea. Even though she is working primarily with non-Koreans, are there any laws or anything that would make it harder for her to work as a single mother?

If I think of anything else, I'll add it. Thanks to anyone who can help at all. :-)

Moerae

WarAndPeace
03-27-2009, 06:07 PM
I'm not absolutely sure about laws, but aside from cultural repercussions there is no actual laws that are pointed at single mothers in South Korea. However since the MC is korean, there will be all sorts of problems from family and friends, shunning, disapproval, etc from traditionalist customs. The age of the MC is also a main factor (i'm assuming she is a teenager?) Legal adoption in South Korea requires married couples i believe, similar to China and many other asian countries.

Since South Korea has such a low teen pregnancy rate there aren't any official laws regarding them, instead it would be more about the parents freaking out and pressuring her to abort.

Hope this helps.

Keyan
03-28-2009, 02:20 AM
Is the child's father also a US citizen?

Adoption in South Korea is more socially problematic than in the US, but singles are currently allowed to adopt. Whether a man would be permitted to adopt his fiance's kid, I don't know.

This link may help some.

http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/10/09/asia/09adopt.php?page=1


So, I'm working on a little idea that I want to write on the side, but I've managed to get myself into a pickle.

Basic story is a girl who is living in South Korea and working in a ballet academy who gets pregnant and has to deal with raising a child, work, the child's father (Who is kind of a jerk), and so on. What I need to know is what laws in South Korea would affect certain situations in my story.

1. A guy she meets later on wants to adopt the baby and marry her. He is a South Korean citizen. Would they have to be married before he could legally adopt the baby? What would they have to do for that to happen?

2. The mother of the baby is a US citizen, and so is the baby. How would this affect the adoption process?

3. I've already done a lot of research into ballerinas who get pregnant, and I know that it is possible for one to have a child and still continue to work. However, I also understand that there is a lot of problems for single mothers in Korea. Even though she is working primarily with non-Koreans, are there any laws or anything that would make it harder for her to work as a single mother?

If I think of anything else, I'll add it. Thanks to anyone who can help at all. :-)

Moerae