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Young couples heading to the divorce courts

YOUNG couples seeking divorces accounted for almost a third of family and marriage disputes heard by a city court over the past three years.

Huangpu District People’s Court said yesterday over that period it received more than 700 divorce suits involving a party born in the 1980s or later.

And the figures showed that young couples who tie the knot relatively soon after meeting are more likely to end up as divorcees.

Half of those in their 20s and early 30s filing for divorce had married after knowing their partner for less than a year. Eight couples married after knowing each other for less than a month.

A lack of understanding, emotional fragility and low tolerance levels were the three major reasons for divorcing, according to the analysis.

It gave the example of a 23-year-old woman who married a 31-year-old man a month after they first set eyes upon each other in 2010.

However, once they’d tied the knot, she found their values and living habits were totally different.

They argued about the husband being unemployed, ending with him moving out and his wife filing for divorce.

In another case, a woman who married her husband when she was 26, ended their seven-year marriage, citing continual disputes as the reason.

As both had strong personalities, they argued over often trivial matters on a daily basis.

Matters reached a head when the woman gave birth to their son in 2009, and they needed to decide whose surname the boy would use and where his permanent residence would be registered.

The average time span of these marriages was three years and nine months, while 10 couples called it quits after less than a year.

Zhou Peng, a marriage expert with dating website, said marriage needs not only a certificate or a pledge, but also a long-term plan.

 That includes “compromise, forgiveness and tolerance,” said Zhou.



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