Nearly 4,000 families disintegrate per day in China

14:59, July 07, 2011      

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China's divorce rate has increased for the seventh consecutive year. In the first quarter of 2011, a total of 465,000 couples divorced, which is a 17 percent increase compared to the same period last year. On average 3,800 families disintegrate per day, according to statistics issued recently.

According to the latest statistics from the Ministry of Civil Affairs, the divorce rate in China continues to rise. The number of divorces in total population in 2010 is 3.34 times more than it in 1979.

In terms of the high divorce rate, most experts think it should put the blame on the development of economy and social transition.

The new Act on Marriage Registration issued by the State Council in 2003 made divorce registration simple and easy. Starting this year, the number of divorces in China began to increase.

Less communication between husbands and wives and increasing extramarital affairs are the big killers of marriage, said Chen Yijun, an expert of sociology from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

Chinese men and women are becoming increasingly independent in terms of personality and finance, said Chen.

Both marriages made in haste and divorces in haste will mean a steep cost for couples. Since the traditional mechanism for resolving family disputes has outlived its usefulness, some experts urge the construction of a new family dispute settlement system to fit the transformation of the society.

By Ye Xin, People's Daily Online
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