ASIAdocument.write(“” + m[today.getMonth()+1]+ ” “+ today.getDate()+”, ” + theYear + ” “);HOMECHINAWORLDBUSINESSLIFESTYLECULTURETRAVELSPORTSOPINIONREGIONALFORUMNEWSPAPERChina Daily PDFChina Daily E-paperChina Daily Global PDFChina Daily Global E-paperChina / SocietyHot IssuesGovernmentSocietyInnovationEducationCover StoryPeoplePhotosCalling it quits: Divorce rate jumps 6%By Guo Kai (chinadaily.com.cn) Updated:2016-07-12 11:43Comments Print Mail Large Medium SmallA young couple concentrate on their mobile phones while having dinner. [File photo]More than 3.84 million couples called their marriage off in China last year, a 5.6 percent increase from 2014, the Ministry of Civil Affairs said on Monday, the China News Service reported.
The national divorce rate has risen sharply since 2002, with the crude divorce rate that is the annual number divorces per 1,000 population increasing from 0.9 to 2.8 last year, according to the ministry.
The rising divorce rate in China is also reflected in the increase in domestic disputes brought to courts. According to the country’s top court, there were 4 million such cases from 2013 to the end of October 2015.The changing social and economic conditions and people’s view of marriage were behind the rising divorce rate, said Zhai Zhenwu, professor of sociology and population studies at Renmin University of China in Beijing.
He said in the past discussing divorce meant social pressure, but now people are more open-minded. People frequently migrate from one place to another and that makes sustaining marriage difficult.
Fang Ning, director of the Institute of Political Science of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said in the past when couples were not so well off, it was hard for them to separate and many were bound together merely to support a family.
“And now, the couples have fewer extra worries and it is easier for them to leave each other once they find they are not compatible,” Fang said.
Li Hongzhao, a Beijing lawyer, said that the country’s laws are also behind the high divorce rate. A 2003 regulation on marriage and divorce simplified the divorce procedure and allowed couples to divorce the same day.
The high divorce rate is also due to the independent personality and lack of tolerance and patience, because most husbands and wives born in 1980s and 1990s were the only child of a family, Li said.
A study by a court in Siming district of Xiamen, Fujian province, showed that the post-1980s was fueling the rising divorce rate, and about 60 percent of divorce cases were brought by women.Generally, women have a higher level of education, better income and enhanced family status, making them less reliant on men economically or psychologically, said Kuang Jieyu, a judge responsible for family proceedings.
Children and property are no longer the main concerns for couples who plan to divorce, Kuang said. About three-quarters of divorced couples have children, according to the study.0Related StoriesBeijing bigamist jailed after fourth marriage ends in divorceReform means fewer kids caught in crossfire of divorceShanghai smooths divorce procedureFingerprint recognition required for marriage, divorceCourt supports womans divorceRaising my half-Chinese son after divorcePhotoNight views of Harbin through the lensTibetans take train home after pilgrimage or travellingWorlds largest shaftless Ferris wheel built in ChinaAncient cities to be connected by Xian-Chengdu high-speed railwaySnow turns Harbin into winter wonderlandReed Catkin Festival held in WuhanSocietyPoliticsHot TopicsScience/TechBusinessCover StoryFTZ simplifies process to launch businessesJapan can offer experience, expat saysApplication for work streamlinedAwareness of law aids resolutionAir Force units explore new airspaceLow wages and lack of respect responsible for kindergarten abuse, experts sayLiu heralds UK partnership in education and researchAgency ensuring natural gas supplyUN envoys trip to DPRK praised by BeijingChina moves to secure natural gas supply amid rising winter demandXi asks China, Canada to work for substantial tiesCooperation necessary for success, leaders sayLiving in space: How astronauts train, eat and workTeachers excused for lunchtime drinksWaiting for Shenzhou XICancer agent found in 44 cities drinking waterAt Ikea eatery, its no pay, no stayChina lose 2-0 to Uzbekistan in World Cup qualifier, coach Gao resignsC919 gains another 55 orders, lifting total orders to 785Services offset dip in manufacturingFintech to energize real economy, cut risksChinas Long March rockets complete 60 commercial launchesEngineers achieve breakthroughChina-made components add securityOnline shopping rings up customer complaintsImport expo to focus on advanced techSME mobile market platform receives first clientsChina top importer of US soybeansAir China opens direct route from Beijing to BarcelonaInsurance-based trust launchedDandelion helping to sow the seeds of stability for membersCover storyVisa change may boost tourism to USThe wrong side of the roadBuilding ban begins to biteVillagers call on Japan to atone for massacreMost ViewedTodays Top NewsFlight-tests check routes to Nansha airfieldsPremier to set new course in MongoliaCopyright violators to be placed on blacklistCar-hailing firm bans mentally ill, criminals from drivingCalling it quits: Divorce rate jumps 6%More rain to create Yangtze flood control pressureChina condemns S Sudan attack that killed 2 peacekeepersNational digital platform set up for volunteer servicesTyphoon Nepartak leaves six dead, eight missing in east ChinaFifth lighthouse to shine on S China SeaState Council NewsPremier Li eyes China-Europe cooperationPremier calls for scientific judgment on economyChinese internet users have paid much attention to the South China Sea Arbitration in recent days, and argued against the international tribunal ruling made on Tuesday.HighlightsRevisiting history: Devastating floods of 1998Comfortable but inelegant couch potato style now in vogue61-year-old becomes a mother againSolo paleobiology graduate becomes online hitHot TopicsGround level Rule of law Panda China youths Anti-terror drive Family planning Smog Fox Hunt Beijing integrates with Tianjin, Hebei China cracks down on graftSpecialTorrential rains cause widespread floodingReaching for the future: Chinas scientific achievements…| About China Daily | Advertise on Site | Contact Us | Job Offer | Expat Employment |Copyright 1995 -var oTime = new Date();
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