Over the past decade, China's "crude divorce rate," the number of divorces per 1,000 people...
by Samuel Wade | Feb 4, 2013
Kim Lee, the American wife of Crazy English founder Li Yang, was awarded a 12 million yuan divorce settlement by a Beijing court on Sunday. Li must pay an additional 100,000 yuan per year for each of their three daughters until...
by Josh Rudolph | Feb 1, 2013
In China, the institution of marriage is highly revered. While same-sex unions remain illegal, social norms often pressure homosexuals into wedlock against their sexual preference. This can lead to serious domestic problems, a...
by Scott Greene | May 15, 2012
Reuters digs deeper into the relationship between Gu Kailai and the Frenchman who reportedly acted as a "middle man" in her business affairs, suggesting that Patrick Henri Devillers may have played a key role in the Bo scandal...
by Sophie Beach | Sep 6, 2011
China Debate has an article looking at how reforms in the Marriage Law are unfair to women who may have invested equally with their husbands in joint property, but can't claim any right to it in a divorce: China’s Supreme...
by Sophie Beach | Nov 17, 2010
NPR reports that the divorce rate in China has doubled in the past ten years, and one in five Chinese marriages don't last: "We'd known each other three weeks when we went to get a wedding certificate," says the woman, who will...
by Sophie Beach | Oct 7, 2010
Forbes reports on a creative way women in Guangxi are seeking compensation for land that's been sold for development: The land in dispute here, near the capital city of Guangxi, was swallowed up for urban development under the...
by Michael Zhao | Dec 21, 2007
An interesting point on a personal level in helping fight global warming. Translated by CDT from China Youth Daily: With the rising divorce rate, China may soon become another target of finger pointing from the developed world when it comes to the global warming talks, and this one may seem light years away from any […]
by Kate Zhao | Nov 28, 2007
From Reuters via yahoo.com: Ten months after they tied the knot, Li Lei and Wang Yang, both 20-something Chinese professionals, decided it was time to break up so they could spend more time with their lovers. They signed on the dotted line on their divorce paper less than 20 minutes after answering “no” to a […]
by Sophia Cao | Jul 17, 2007
From Asia Times Online: 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 […]
by Sophie Beach | Apr 6, 2007
From the Washington Post: Divorce, once nearly unheard of in China, has become more common than ever as women such as Wu gain financial independence and shrug off the diminishing stigma of leaving their husbands. Legal barriers to divorce have fallen away — couples needed permission from their employers until just four years ago — […]
by Michael Zhao | Jan 11, 2007
Another interesting trend to watch out in an aging and divorcing society here: young little-emperor couples increasingly untying the knot. From Beijing Review “Currently, more than half the number of people who go to marriage counselors are those in their twenties — the 1980s’ one-child generation — as compared with last year, when 90 percent […]
by Jonathan Ansfield | Oct 9, 2006
Used to be that the domestic headlines from a “golden week” ended with little besides big, bullish numbers: the record-setting throngs of shoppers at malls, the umteen newlyweds tying the knot at mass weddings, the swelling tides of humanity making homecomings and tourist pilgrimages by plane, train and automobile. More and more, though, local metropolitans […]
by Xiao Qiang | May 27, 2006
From China Economic Net, (link): Free marriage counseling is now available at the divorce registry at the Civil Affairs Bureau in Putuo District of Shanghai. Counseling is offered before couples sign divorce papers to give couples a chance to reconsider and see if they can resolve their differences. Counseling runs during business hours on Tuesday […]
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