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Headline: Divorce on the Rise in China

China's divorce rate grew last year. According to the state media, there were 1.4 million divorces. Since 2003, couples have been able to divorce within one day for the low, low price of $1.40 (10 yuan). In addition, Chinese couples no longer need permission from employers or community committees before they divorce.

According to the BBC, growing expectations among couples also help explain the rising number of divorces. For example, spouses are less likely to accept extramarital affairs. The rate may also signal growing acceptance of divorcees — as the stigma of failed marriage becomes less potent, the Chinese are more willing to end theirs. Also — perhaps China's one-child policy has created selfish adults, focused on themselves, instead of their relationships.

While the divorce rate jumped, so did the number of marriages. Perhaps the Chinese are more willing to take the marriage plunge, knowing that it won't be so hard to get out if something goes wrong! Nevertheless, China's rate is still much lower than the US. Under new calculations, there were 1.3 divorces for every 1,000 people, compared to the US's rate of 3.7 divorces per 1,000.


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MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 9 years
OMG That dress is fantastic!!
designergirl designergirl 9 years
GlowingMoon, I agree. Divorce rates going up aren't necessarily a bad thing, women not having to be trapped in loveless marriages is always positive. Divinedebris, what are you talking about?
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 9 years
Interesting. Truthfully, I think this is a good thing. People are experiencing more personal liberty in their private lives, especially for those in a bad abusive marriage, or have an unfaithful spouse. They could end that marriage. Sometimes I think divorce is a good decision.
CoconutPie CoconutPie 9 years
I find it totally normal. China is slowly becoming a modern country. They're gaining more and more liberties all the time, and I guess the right to divorce is part it. Same thing happened here a while ago.
sophia_HL sophia_HL 9 years
I can't imagine having to ask my employer if it would be ok to be divorced! I work with several people from China- I'll have to ask about this!!
terryt18 terryt18 9 years
I love how chinese divorce talk turns into fashion lust.
divinedebris divinedebris 9 years
It's sad that their divorce rates are rising, what's more sad that they're still behind us. Wait, isn't the sanctity of marriage protected in America? Or at least aren't they trying to protect it with a constitutional amendment?
Well, maybe their goal is to catch up with us Americans.
LibertySugar LibertySugar 9 years
I love the dress, too! It came from a Chinese fashion show. I can try to find out more.
misogi misogi 9 years
$1.40!?! I think couples should see divorce as a last resort, but considering the HUGE financial impact of my parents' divorce, I'm definitely envious of the Chinese right now. And I agree, that dress is gorgeous!
freegracefrom freegracefrom 9 years
Gunnr - I had the same thought. I love that dress! So pretty!
Gunnr Gunnr 9 years
A little off topic... Where is that image from? The dress is amazing.
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
Lol CaterpillarGirl!
haute77 haute77 9 years
caterpillargirl, lmao! :)
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
we may never know the reason Ancient chinese secret
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