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Divorces involving a Shanghainese spouse drop for first time in 5 years

The number of divorces involving at least one Shanghainese partner dropped last year for the first time in five years, the city's civil affairs authorities revealed in a report today.

But the total number of divorces, 52,871, remained high even though it dropped 12.5 percent from 2013, the Shanghai Civil Affairs Bureau said.

Incompatibility, financial difficulties, extramarital affairs, geographic distance, family disputes, sex and differences in opinion about children’s education were among the main reasons for splitting up, said Chen Zhanbiao, director of the marriage registration division of the bureau.

In 2013, the city saw a rise in divorces as people ended their marriages to escape paying taxes on their second homes.

Last year, 17,286 people remarried their previous partner, soaring 17 percent from a year earlier, according to the bureau.

The average age for first marriage for women dropped slightly to 28.14 years and 30.11 years for men last year, down 0.05 and 0.06 years respectively from 2013, the bureau said.

Last year, a total of 138,545 couples with at least one Shanghainese partner tied the knot, a decrease of 5 percent from 2013.

There were 1,962 cross-border marriages registered in Shanghai last year, down 4.5 percent from 2013. It involved locals marrying people from 71 countries and regions, with the United States, Japan and Australia topping the list.


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