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Cambodian Divorce Settlement

Title : Cambodian Couple Saw House in Half in Divorce

Date : October 10, 2008

Cambodian Couple Saw House in Half in Divorce

Excerpt :

A couple in rural Cambodia has terminated their 18-year marriage with a divorce settlement that entailed sawing in two the wooden house they once shared, villagers said Friday. The husband, 42-year-old Moeun Sarim, has taken away with him all the bits and pieces of his half a house, said his 35-year-old wife, Vat Navy.

Talking points

This couple came up with a creative solution for dividing the house upon divorce.Do you think this is reasonable solution? Why or why not?

In your opinion, how should couples divide up property if they get divorced?

People get divorced for a variety of reasons. What do you think are good reasons for divorce? What are not-so-good reasons?

What are some of the consequences of divorce?

Who benefits the most from divorce? Who suffers the most?

Should married couples try to stay together for the sake of their children?

Is divorce common in your country? Why or why not?

Vocabulary from this article :

saw(ing)

tile

roof

wooden

pillar(s)

allege(d)

affair

split

jealousy

village

budge

estrange(d)

prompt

witness(es)

rural

debris

entail(ed)

typical

terminate(d)

Expressions

bits and pieces

prop up

rip apart

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