China's divorce rate grew last year. According to the state media, there were 1.4 million divorces. Since 2003, couples have been able to divorce within one day for the low, low price of $1.40 (10 yuan). In addition, Chinese couples no longer need permission from employers or community committees before they divorce.
According to the BBC, growing expectations among couples also help explain the rising number of divorces. For example, spouses are less likely to accept extramarital affairs. The rate may also signal growing acceptance of divorcees — as the stigma of failed marriage becomes less potent, the Chinese are more willing to end theirs. Also — perhaps China's one-child policy has created selfish adults, focused on themselves, instead of their relationships.
While the divorce rate jumped, so did the number of marriages. Perhaps the Chinese are more willing to take the marriage plunge, knowing that it won't be so hard to get out if something goes wrong! Nevertheless, China's rate is still much lower than the US. Under new calculations, there were 1.3 divorces for every 1,000 people, compared to the US's rate of 3.7 divorces per 1,000.