'Flash divorces' become popular in Chongqing

16:22, May 04, 2010      

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Chongqing witnessed 72,860 couples divorce between Nov. 30, 2008 and Nov. 30, 2009, according to a statistical report on the length of marriages released by the Chongqing Civil Administration Department on May 3, 2010.

The marriages of 18,730 couples only lasted for one year or less, accounting for less than 26 percent of the total. In other words, one in every four divorced couples lives together for no longer than one year. This phenomenon is now well known as "flash divorces."

Statistics from the past four years also showed that 24 percent of couples divorce within one year after they are married.

A survey showed that 65 percent of "flash marriages" end in "flash divorces," the highest proportion among all kinds of marriages. In other words, seven in every 10 "flash marriages" may experience "flash divorces."

Li Jinwei, head of a Chongqing-based counseling center for marriage and family, said that on one hand, people have focused more on the quality of marriage. If a couple feels unhappy and uncomfortable living with each other, they may choose to break up amicably. On the other hand, phenomena such as online dating and "flash marriages" have brought about many irresponsible husbands and wives. In addition, the simplification of divorce procedures has also made divorces much easier and faster.

By People's Daily Online


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