Husband takes half the house in divorce

Phnom Penh - A Cambodian couple decided to circumvent the country's notoriously corrupt and expensive court system in their divorce case by dividing their house in half, literally, local media reported on Thursday.

The Khmer-language Koh Santepheap newspaper featured a front-page photo of a precariously perched half of the stilted former home of Meuon Rima and his ex-wife Nhang, both 40, which Rima sawed with surgical precision down the middle.

Rima, who sought a divorce on the grounds that his wife refused to nurse him during a recent illness, was last seen driving away from the village in south-eastern Prey Veng province with his half of the home, the daily reported.

It was not known where he had gone with his very detached portion, it said, adding that Rima had not felt the same need to divvy up the couple's two teenage children, both of whom he left with Nhang.

Under Cambodian law, assets are divided equally between husband and wife in the event of a divorce. - Sapa-dpa

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