1.96 million couples were divorced in China last year
Every year when the long Spring Festival break is over, many people also turn the last page of their marriages. According to statistics from Ministry of Civil Affairs, in 2010, 1.961 million couples were divorced in China. Among them, the most couples were from Sichuan Province, 169,294 couples signed the divorce paper.
According to statistics, in 2010, 1.20 million couples got married, but 1.961 million couples were divorced. In this rate, last year on average 5,300 couples were divorced in each day.
In 2010, 31 provinces (not including Hong Kong and Macao) most divorced couples were from Sichuan Province (169,249) followed by Jiangsu (120,947) and Shandong (116,368). 32,982 couples were divorced in Beijing, ranking 24th. The least people were from Tibet, 459 pairs.
Researcher at Sichuan Academy of Social Sciences said the high number of divorces has more complex reasons, not only because of the large population base. Sichuan is most affected province by the immigration culture. Under the influence of migration cultural diversity, traditional marriage was most questioned and acted against, which may push the divorce rate higher. In addition, each year tens of millions of young Sichuan migrant workers work outside of home, but one of the couple has to stay home to farm or take care of the elder and young. Long-term separation leads to many instabilities in relation between husband and wife.
Reporter also read the national statistical reports from 2007 to 2010 and found divorce continued to rise in China in these years.
According to reports from Ministry of Civil Affairs in 2009, looking at the situation from the past 5 years, the number of divorces increased each year, the average increase was 7.65%.
In 2003 the State Council promulgated the newly revised “Marriage Registration Ordinance”, and was then come into operation on October 1 of 2003. And since this year, China’s divorce rate had been increasing.
“the introduction of the new regulations to simplify marriage registration procedures, to some extent, caused the number of divorces increased year by year.” Anqi, a marriage expert said, before 2003, divorce also required work or neighborhood units to issue a written certificate. In order to protect their privacy (or face) many couples had to remain in the name only “death marriage”.
Also, if there is no property disputes, people are more willing to go to the divorce court, because court’s decision is faster. Simplification of registration of marriage makes people more willing to go to the civil affairs department “to leave in good terms” instead of fighting in court.
According to ESWN, stats on the 2nd paragraph, “1.20 million couples got married, but 1.961 million couples were divorced” was printed in error by the original reporter, when checked against the data source (the Ministry of Civil Affairs)
– Registered to marry: 12,050,000 couples
– Registered to divorce: 1,961,000 couples
An extra decimal point resulted the error report of more divorces than marriages…