Alhough it was originally announced that it would be the first time the two sides have faced each other in court since the announcement of the paternity test results, neither Kim Hyun Joong nor Ms. Choi were present at today’s hearing. Instead, their respective lawyers presented their arguments to the judge regarding the parental rights and custody of the child, referred to here as O.
To begin, the judge asked whether it was possible for both sides to reach a compromise regarding the issue of parental rights and child support. Kim Hyun Joong’s lawyer replied, “There is no negotiation. Both Kim Hyun Joong and Ms. Choi both want to raise the child themselves.”
A third lawyer requested that Kim Hyun Joong declare his assets on behalf of O, citing the need to prove that he can provide child support. Kim Hyun Joong’s lawyer rejected this request, stating that a declaration of assets has nothing to do with child custody, and that the matter of child support is a separate matter.
“Since the plaintiff (requesting the declaration of assets) is not Ms. Choi herself, we refuse to accept this demand. If Ms. Choi decides to request such information, it will be possible at that time.”
The judge then announced that he would examine the credibility of the documents and evidence provided by all sides, and would investigate all claims.
A paternity test previously revealed that Kim Hyun Joong is 99.999 percent likely to be the father of O. Meanwhile, Kim Hyun Joong has been serving his mandatory military duties since May of last year.
The next hearing date is set for April 8. Stay tuned for more developments on the matter.