China’s draft code makes divorce more difficult amid low birthrates, high divorce rates

By Zhao Yusha Source:Global Times Published: 2018/8/28 22:28:40

China's draft civil code would make it more difficult for married couples to split up as the country is hit by soaring divorce rates and declining birthrates.

The draft stipulates that a divorce application may be revoked by either member of a couple within a one-month cooling-off period after submission to the relevant authority.

The move seeks to reduce China's soaring divorce rates, said Beijing-based lawyer Ren Chao.

Some 4.3 million couples divorced in 2017, an increase of 5.2 percent than 2016, the Beijing News reported, citing Ministry of Civil Affairs statistics.

China's divorce rate has risen every year since 2003, the report said. The trial cooling-off period proved controversial online when piloted in 2017.

"There are very few couples who divorce on impulse and victims of domestic violence and affairs may suffer more due to the new rule," Ren said.

The draft will be submitted to the plenary session of the National People's Congress (NPC) in March 2020, according to Shen Chunyao, head of the Legislative Affairs Commission under the NPC Standing Committee.

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