In China, the production of fake goods is so rampant that there is a saying that “everything can be forged”. Indeed, forgery is not limited to manufactured goods. “Faking it” is easily transferred to social and legal arenas, such as divorce court. In recent years, the number of media-reported fake divorce cases has risen, all for various “reasons” or excuses – but they all boil down to m-o-n-e-y.
Divorce used to be rare in China until the country began opening its doors for economic reforms in the late 1970s. (Among other regulations that previously made divorce in China difficult was one that required the permission of one’s danwei (work unit) superior as part of the procedure.) A new marriage law, effective since October 2003, simplified the process and also boosted the divorce rate….[Full Text]
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