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Disputes cased by 'flash marriages and divorces' on the rise

(People's Daily Online)

17:21, January 29, 2013

The number of disputes caused by “flash marriages and divorces” has been on a steady rise in recent years, and most of these disputes involve young parents born in the 1980s. The number of alimony cases is directly proportional to the growth rate of the CPI (Consumer Price Index), statistics revealed.

Due to the growing popularity of online dating and liberal view on marriage, many post-1980s have entered into marriage after knowing each other for a short period of time or after the woman is pregnant. They tend to divorce rashly due to minor conflicts, and some of these marriages only last a few months. Disputes concerning child custody, support, and visitation caused by “flash marriages and divorces” account for nearly 30 percent of all court cases in Beijing involving minors, of whom more than 70 percent have suffered from their parents’ divorce.

Due to rising consumer prices in recent years, the alimony agreed at the time of divorce cannot meet a child’s current living and education needs. Therefore, many divorced parents who were awarded child custody have turned to courts for higher alimony due to inflation.

Of more than 300 alimony cases a juvenile court has handled, over 70 percent involve claims for higher alimony due to such financial burdens as kindergarten fees, tuition, and medical fees. The divorce agreements of certain people stipulate that alimony should automatically increase annually at the same rate as inflation or even faster.

A thought-provoking question arises here is: why are the marriages of people born in the 1980s so fragile? Divorced parents born in the 1980s should not use their children as a bargaining chip to exchange for interests.

Read the Chinese version: “闪婚闪离”纠纷多 “80后”为主. Source:, Author: Wang Weiwei

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