Divorce in China climbs for 14th year in a row

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China is set to see its highest ever number of divorces for the 14th year in a row, The Beijinger reports, with the nation’s capital right at the top of the list.

Inhabitants of the metropolis once known as Peking now divorce at a rate of 39 per one hundred marriages, according to the Ministry of Civil Affairs, with Shanghai and Shenzhen following close behind. The average length of a marriage is just five years.

The total number of divorces across China for the first six months of 2017 has already reached 1.85 million – 11 per cent more than the 1.68 million over the whole of 2016.

The Chinese city with the highest divorce-to-marriage ratio, meanwhile, is Tianjin in the north-east: the total number of divorces last year – 28,575 –  equalled 61 per cent of all marriages (47,261).

Meanwhile, marriage rates in the East Asian powerhouse continue to fall: so far this year they dropped eight per cent compared to last year. Infidelity is the leading cause, claims the Ministry of Civil Affairs, with stay-at-home mother and IT workers reportedly the most prone to straying.

Photo of Beijing by Pixeflake via Wikipedia under a Creative Commons licence

Stowe Family Law Web Team

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