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Data reveal 13% jump in divorce rates

FOR the first time since 2003, the divorce rate numbers in China surpassed those getting married, with Shanghai reporting a jump in the number of couples splitting up.

A Shanghai Civil Affairs Bureau report showed that divorces in the city increased 13.16 percent last year, the largest jump in recent years.

Incompatibility, financial difficulties, extramarital affairs, family disputes, sex and differences in opinion over children's education were among the major reasons blamed for divorces, the report said.

Divorces among people born after 1980 were also rising. Those born after 1980 were pampered by their parents as China's one-child policy came into effect. They tend to be more self-centered and less tolerant in a marriage than those born earlier, said Leng Li, a marriage counselor.

"When disputes erupt, neither the husband nor the wife is willing to compromise because they grew up in a similar one-child policy environment," she said. "So quarrels escalate into divorces, sometimes with parents' intervention."

In an unusual reason for the high number of divorces, couples were splitting up to buy an apartment after property restrictions were imposed by the government to stem the market prices. They eventually remarry later, pushing up the number of remarriages as well.

But this has risks involved as some men have tricked their spouses into getting divorces, only to tie up with their mistresses or simply wanted out.


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