China's divorce rate increases by 10 percent in 2009

15:39, February 04, 2010      

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According to the civil affairs departments, about 1.71 million couples divorced in 2009, up 10.3 percent from the previous year. The increase in the divorce rate is higher than the 9.1 percent increase in the marriage rate.

Reporters obtained the data from the 2009 Gazette on Civil Affairs published by the Ministry of Civil Affairs February 3.

According to statistics released by the Ministry of Civil Affairs, China made further progress in standardizing marriage registration services in 2009 and a total of 11.46 million couples married, up 9.1 percent year-on-year.

It is worth noting that 1.71 million couples (those divorced in court are not included) divorced at civil affairs departments last year, up 10.3 percent from 2008.

Given the above-mentioned data, reporters concluded that the divorce and marriage numbers in China have increased for 3 consecutive years. In 2007, the year-on-year growth rate of registered divorces was higher than the growth rate of registered marriages; in 2008, the 2 growth rates were at the same level; in 2009, the year-on-year growth rate of registered divorces was higher than the growth rate of registered marriages again.

According to other statistics published by China's civil affairs departments, a total of 341,000 couples divorced all over the country in 1980; the number increased to 800,000 in 1990; 1.21 million in 2000; 1.33 million in 2003; 1.61 million in 2005. On the basis of the absolute number of registered divorces, reporters concluded that China's divorce rate is now rising sharply.

The divorce figures for the past several years:

1.71 million couples divorced in 2009

1.55 million couples divorced in 2008

1.40 million couples divorced in 2007

1.19 million couples divorced in 2006

1.18 million couples divorced in 2005

1.04 million couples divorced in 2004

691,000 couples divorced in 2003

573,000 couples divorced in 2002

528,000 couples divorced in 2001

Source: The Ministry of Civil Affairs
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