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China sees big jump in divorce rate- 14.5% increase from 2009

Posted by Author on February 7, 2011

AFP, Feb. 07, 2011-

BEIJING — The number of people who divorced in China shot up in 2010 — a trend on the rise in the world’s most populous nation as men and women earn better money and become more independent.

A total of 1.96 million couples applied for divorce last year, a 14.5% increase from 2009, according to figures published on the website of the Ministry of Civil Affairs.

A previous state media report had erroneously said 1.2 million couples tied the knot in 2010, while the ministry figures put the number at 12.1 million.
China’s divorce rate has risen gradually at an average of 7.65 percent a year since 2003 when the law regulating marriage was amended, simplifying both marriage and divorce procedures, according to the state-run Legal Evening News.

Before, in many areas of China, couples who wanted to divorce had to get a written certificate from their workplaces or neighbourhood committees before the split could be finalised, it said.

Some lawmakers in China — shocked at the country’s high divorce rate — have called for a return to those practices, but so far the amendment has remained untouched.

The report said rising wealth and independence also contributed to higher divorce rates.

The southwestern province of Sichuan had the highest divorce rate last year, which the report attributed partly to a high concentration of people working away from home, leading to couples being separated for long periods of time.


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