Divorces up 63% in past decade
The divorce rate in China has surged 63 percent in less than a decade, according to the Ministry of Civil Affairs.
The ministry published China’s divorce rates from the past eight years in its latest bulletin on the development of social services in 2015. The index has been steadily climbing each year. In 2008, 1.71 couples per 1,000 population got a divorce. But in 2015, 2.79 couples per 1,000 population divorced, a 63 percent increase in less than a decade.
The measurement per 1,000 population is used by the United Nations and others to identify trends.
In 2015, 3.84 million couples got divorced in China, up 5.6 percent from 2014. Among them, 693,000 couples went to court. Meanwhile, 12.25 million couples registered for marriage at civil affairs bureaus, down 6.3 percent from the previous year. In the newlywed group, 39.4 percent were between age 25 and 29.