ASIAdocument.write(“” + m[today.getMonth()+1]+ ” “+ today.getDate()+”, ” + theYear + ” “);HOMECHINAWORLDBUSINESSLIFESTYLECULTURETRAVELSPORTSOPINIONREGIONALFORUMNEWSPAPERChina Daily PDFChina Daily E-paperChina Daily Global PDFChina Daily Global E-paperChina / SocietyHot IssuesGovernmentSocietyInnovationEducationCover StoryPeoplePhotosRumor leads Shanghai couples to file for divorceBy ZHOU WENTING (China Daily) Updated:2016-09-12 07:23Comments Print Mail Large Medium SmallA divorce registration office of the Shanghai Civil Affairs Bureau is bombarded by couples on Aug 30. [Photo by ZHANG RUIQI/FOR CHINA DAILY]Shanghai natives Tang Tao and his wife, who tied the knot three years ago, were determined to divorce on Aug 30 to save some money.
They left their 20-month-old girl with their parents and rushed to the districts marriage and divorce registration office before sunrise.
Luckily, they got No 7 on the waiting list to have their divorce registered that day. Because of the surprising rise in the number of people swarming to the office that week, it had limited the number of divorce registrations to no more than 60 per day.
Such offices all over Shanghai had been bombarded by couples since rumors began circulating that, beginning on Sept 1, couples who divorced would still be recognized for a whole year as married under home purchase policies.
The policies require higher down payments and sales taxes on houses purchased by couples who already own a home.
Statistics from Didi Chuxing, Chinas largest car-on-demand service, showed that the number of trips to marriage and divorce registration offices in Shanghai on Aug 29 and 30 tripled that of the same period the previous week.
Tang and his wife bought an apartment when they got married, but they wanted to buy a larger one.
“My wife doesnt have an apartment under her name. If we divorced and bought an apartment under her name, we will save more than 100,000 yuan ($15,000) in sales taxes,” said Tang, 34.
“We just dont want to waste money. Why dont we spend that 100,000 yuan on something more meaningful－for example, a luxury trip to Europe for the family? Even though we are apart legally, we dont regard ourselves as divorced. We are still happy together,” he said.
Staff at the divorce registration offices were familiar with couples who took the “fake divorce” approach to avoid the limits on home purchases.
“When my husband and I were at the office, about five other couples beside us didnt look like those whose marriages were on the verge of splitting up,” said Wang Yongyong, a 58-year-old from Shanghai who divorced her husband last year in order to save more than 20,000 yuan in taxes when purchasing an apartment for their son once he is married.
Wang said she was prompted by her former classmate to take the divorce approach.
“At least three people in our WeChat group of 20, who used to be classmates in junior high school, got divorced to dodge the limits on home purchases,” Wang said.
However, there are also cases where people made the “fake divorce” real.
A Shanghai resident surnamed Jiang said it might be impossible for her and her ex-husband to remarry, which was their mutual promise when they got divorced a year ago.
Jiang and her husband bought an apartment in 2013. They agreed to divorce and put the apartment under the husbands name so that Jiang could buy another apartment with lower taxes and down payment.
“But we had huge conflicts in the process of purchasing the new apartment, and he didnt pay the mortgage with me as he promised,” Jiang said.
Zhou Haiwang, vice-director of the Institute of Population and Development at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, said that when so many people decide to divorce against their wishes for family stability, policy makers should consider an adjustment.0Related StoriesReal estate rules to differ more between citiesBeijing real estate offers limited opportunitiesContract dispute among Tianhua Wubao Mining Co, Ltd, the Hubei branch of the China Huarong Asset Management Co, Ltd, the Hubei-based Deli Real Estate Development Co, Ltd, Wei Yangjing, Zhu Hong, Wei Yangquan, Zhang Dan, Liu Honghao, and Huang ChunmeiThe Policy Regulation Should Focus on a Differentiated Approach with the Leveling off of Prices on Real Estate Market in the Second Half of 2016(No. 95, 2016)China to strengthen regulation on real estate agenciesPhotoNight 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 NewsIts anchors aweigh in South China SeaGlobal satellite network planned to boost internetProgress in judicial protection of rightsHangzhou sees boom in tourism after G20 SummitScientists discuss air corridor of south to north water diversionChina to assist in SE Asian upgradeNavy drill highlights strong tiesTianjin mayor suspected of corruption, faces probePresident Xi congratulates opening of Schwarzman CollegeIn visit to alma mater, Xi calls for equalityState Council NewsVision for Premier Li’s trip to Laos is cooperationChina to improve standards and quality of consumer goodsA university in East Chinas Jiangxi province recently launched a service that will help freshmen choose their favorite teachers based on their requests, China news services reported on Saturday.HighlightsBlue-collar jobs now back in vogueSections linked up on worlds highest bridge in Southwest ChinaProgress in judicial protection of rights90-yr-old becomes internet celebrity for running 117-year-old bookstoreHot TopicsNetizens criticize Olympic uniforms Rough and tough world of soldiers training Ground level Rule of law Panda China youths Anti-terror drive Family planning Smog Fox HuntSpecialExpats CornerThe Long March, 80 years on…| About China Daily | Advertise on Site | Contact Us | Job Offer | Expat Employment |Copyright 1995 -var oTime = new Date();
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