South Korea is to revise the concept of "family" to recognize cohabiting families that give birth out of wedlock

The South Korean government has also begun formal discussions on the issue, deciding to change a law that currently only recognizes "families" by marriage, blood and adoption.

Reports say the South Korean government is discussing a plan to remove the definition of "family" from the civil law. The government has also pushed to change the law so that a child's surname can be negotiated by the parents.

The 4th Basic Healthy Family Plan (2021-2025), released by the Ministry of Women and Family on Thursday, includes a plan to formalize the discussion on illegitimate births. "The fact that 55 percent of people in their 20s and 56 percent of people in their 30s said yes shows that society is becoming more tolerant of out-of-wedlock births," Chung Young-ae, minister for women and families, said at a news conference.

"We will further discuss with the Ministry of Justice how to include non-marital cohabitation in the current law's provisions on the scope of family," said Ms Cheng. The South Korean government has also decided to amend the Domestic Violence Punishment Law to include non-marital cohabitation and other family relationships in the definition of "spouse" in the provisions on domestic violence, so as to eliminate the legal blind corner of domestic violence.