Not only did the year-old get custody of her eight-year-old son, as well as possession of the family flat and a substantial portion of their shared savings, she no longer had to face the constant arguments that had become a feature of her marriage.
There was little romance left between Zhou and her husband, and eventually the relationship became too exhausting for both of them, she said. My quality of life is not affected. Couples can either register a divorce with the civil affairs authority, indicating they have agreed to go their separate ways, or they can sue for divorce through the courts, which can rule on custody of children and how to dispose of any assets.
In the first six months of this year, 1. Three decades ago, in , , couples registered their divorces with the civil affairs authority — the most common route taken. By , that annual number had risen to 4. Many relationship experts and lawyers put the rising divorce rate down to higher expectations and growing financial independence, especially among women.
But buried in the sharply climbing statistics lies a darker truth: A survey by Jiayuan, a dating website and service provider, in April found 18 per cent of divorced female members attributed domestic violence as the cause. Thirty-eight per cent of female divorcees said they were divorced because their husband cheated on them. For their male counterparts, 25 per cent said they had been cheated on and 2 per cent cited abuse. Forty-one per cent of divorced members had ended their marriage within the first five years.
Lu Xiaoquan, director of Beijing Qianqian Law Firm, said most of the 1, legal consultation requests the firm and organisation received since its establishment involved domestic violence and extramarital affairs.
Ruby Xu, a year-old health worker in Beijing who is in the process of filing for divorce, said she felt like she had been trapped in an endless nightmare. She constantly suffered from verbal abuse from her husband, whom she married just months after first meeting him. The abuse escalated to physical a month after she give birth. Her husband usually picked on her for trivial things such as when she bought a medicine prescribed by doctor without telling him, or if she did not rush to the baby the second the infant started crying.
He would get very emotional while yelling at her and started to beat her, Xu said. She tried to endure the abuse for the sake of the baby, but finally decided to divorce her husband after she sustained a skull contusion during a beating. She was thrown out of home and barred from seeing her son. My only hope is for the divorce to grant me custody so I can live with my son again. Zhang Qihuai, director of the Lanpeng Law Firm in Beijing, has worked on more than divorce cases in his career.
The movie star posted on his Weibo account in August last year that he was seeking a divorce because his wife Ma Rong had cheated on him with his agent. Ma, who insists there is more to the story, although she has yet to give further details, is suing Wang for tarnishing her reputation in a case that is still ongoing. They are more financially capable of taking their lovers to restaurants and to hotels. How much does it cost a man to get married in China?
One court in Jinan, Shandong province, has tried to stem the rising tide of divorce by imposing a three-month cooling-off period for couples to think their decision over, according to Xinhua. Li Jiang, a judge at the district court in Sizhong where the practice started, said he felt a sound family background could have made a difference for some of the juvenile criminals the court tried. As many as out of every 1, cases the court handled were divorces, but the judges believed couples were too quick to seek to end their marriages when they should be working through their disagreements.
They said sometimes the decision had been made in a rush or as a result of parental interference. At the end of the cooling-off period, couples can either file for divorce as planned or request that their term of contemplation be extended.
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