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Cambodian couple cut home in half

A separated Cambodian couple cut their house in half
Mr Rim's half of the house has been moved to an undisclosed location

An estranged couple in a rural village in Cambodia have sawn their house in half to avoid the country's convoluted divorce process.

Moeun Rim and his wife, Nhanh, split the building last week following an argument, local officials said.

Mr Rim has removed his share of the property and the couple have also divided their land into four parts; two for their children, and two for them.

Divorce cases in Cambodia can be costly and may take a long time to settle.

The house - or one half of the house - is located in Prey Veng province, about 90km (56 miles) from the capital, Phnom Penh.

In sickness and health

The couple fell out

"We tried to persuade them to think clearly before they did this," local chief Vorng Morn told the Phnom Penh Post newspaper.

"But they did not listen," he said.

A local lawyer told the newspaper that dividing a property was legal if both parties had agreed to it - but that it did not mean the pair were legally divorced.

"If in the future they have any disagreements, the provincial chief will not be responsible, as there had not been a judgment from the court," Prak Phin said.

Country profile: Cambodia
08 Oct 08 |  Country profiles
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