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China’s Growing Divorce Rate

More married couples in China are calling it quits

04·02·2014

China’s Growing Divorce Rate

More married couples in China are calling it quits

04·02·2014

According to a report from China Daily, there is an average of 10,000 divorces each day in China. Since 2003, the divorce rate has increased 133 percent according to various reports. In 2012, there were 3.1 million divorces in China, with big rises in Beijing, Shanghai, and Tianjin. In Beijing, more than 164,000 couples were married in 2012. In the same year, more than 55,000 couples got a divorce.

Couples divorce because of domestic violence, communication issues, and infidelity, according to Du Huanghai, an attorney in Shanghai. Du states that people who are in their 20’s and 30’s “lack the patience to adapt to each other or make the necessary compromises, so their marriages are often in a fragile state.” But those aren’t the only reason couples get divorced; some do it as a way to avoid Beijing’s restriction on couples owning more than one property. Couples facing demolitions can also get more cash for their property if they’re divorced.

Zhang Shifeng, who is the head of the Department of Social Affairs at the Ministry of Civil Affairs, states that local governments have created institutions to give couples the counseling they need to help lower the divorce rate. The Civil Affairs department has been thinking about using social workers and other professionals to help console couples who see divorce as their only way out.

Sun Xiaomei, a professor at China’s Women’s University, believes that the rising divorce rate is due to the fact the China’s marriage laws have been reformed. She states, “In the past, people had to get permission from employers or neighborhood committees to untie the knot.”