Na­tion sees a lower di­vorce rate in 2014; for­eign cou­ple di­vorce rate up

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Tai­wan saw a to­tal of 53,144 di­vorces in 2014, down 0.8 per­cent from the pre­vi­ous year, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est statis­tics re­leased by the Min­istry of the In­te­rior.

On av­er­age, 145.6 cou­ples got di­vorced ev­ery day last year, 1.25 less per day than the pre­vi­ous year, statis­tics showed.

Last year’s num­bers also in­di­cated a trend to­ward high di­vorce rates among cou­ples who had been mar­ried for less than five years. Such short mar­riages ac­counted for 31.28 per­cent of the to­tal di­vorces in 2014, the min­istry said.

It was also found that in 2014, there were more di­vorces among cou­ples mar­ried for more than a decade. The di­vorce rate among that group was 46.29 per­cent in 2014, com­pared with 39.99 per­cent in 2004, the min­istry said.

Asked about rea­sons be­hind this trend, min­istry of­fi­cials cited for­eign mar­riages as a pos­si­ble fac­tor.

In 2004, the di­vorce rate for those mar­ried to for­eign­ers or peo­ple from China, Hong Kong or Ma­cau for more than 10 years was 3.34 per­cent. But the rate rose to 41.9 per­cent in 2014.

Cul­tural dif­fer­ences could be a fac­tor caus­ing the in­creas­ing di­vorce rate for for­eign mar­riages, min­istry of­fi­cials said, adding that it may re­quire fur­ther aca­demic re­search on the phe­nom­e­non to find the un­der­ly­ing causes.

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