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Retiring can cause more quarrels, divorces: court

NEWLY retired people having trouble adjusting to their new lifestyle has led to an increase in divorces of elderly couples, a judicial report released by Jing'an District People's Court said yesterday.

From January to September, the court accepted 62 divorce cases filed by residents more than 60 years old. Three quarters were filed by people aged between 60 and 65.

Yao Xiaojing, a judge with the court specializing in civil cases involving elderly people, said many plaintiffs had complained they had constant disputes with their spouses after retirement.

In China, the mandatory retirement age is 60 for men and 50 for women except for some people who hold management and technical positions or work in special industries.

"Retirement is a turning point in one's life, but some people don't change their mindset and find it difficult to be alone with their spouses," Yao said.

In one case, a 60-year-old Shanghai man who just retired filed a divorce lawsuit against his 58-year-old wife in January, claiming he could no longer stand his wife's short temper and that he feared she may resort to violence during an argument.

Seeing the pair had been married 35 years, the court persuaded them to calm down and asked the woman to change the way she treated her husband. They eventually agreed to stay together.

"When a husband retires, he will spend more time with his wife than before," Yao said. The longer he stays home, the more problems it exposes between spouses."

The court said some wives had complained their husbands were too lazy or outgoing after retirement, which triggered quarrels and eventually a divorce suit.


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