A Taipei court has approved a divorce application from a single father after hearing that he only saw his Vietnamese-born wife for one week before she went back to her own country more than six months ago.

The man, who has the surname Wang, met the Vietnamese through a dating agent in 2017 and they married later that year in Vietnam. Wang already had a son from a previous relationship, the China Times said.

His wife, surnamed Nguyen, completed the registration process for residency in Taiwan in April last year and joined Wang in Taipei in May. Then she told her husband that her Vietnamese house needed repairs and Wang agreed to send NT$5,000 (US$162) to her home each month.

But within a week she had disappeared from their Taipei home. Wang learned with the help of an agent that his wife had flown back to Vietnam, and said there had been no subsequent contact with her.

The court confirmed that Nguyen had not returned to Taiwan since her departure in May last year and concluded it was likely the couple would remain apart. Wang was granted a divorce with immediate effect.