CHINA: Over 2 Million Divorces in 2011

China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs recently reported a saddening statistic: in 2011, the number of couples filing for divorce passed two million for the first time.  The figure has been rising since 2003, when an amendment to the Marriage Registration Ordinance simplified divorce procedures. It also made it cheap to obtain, which has been cited as a major reason for the divorce rate jump. With divorce becoming increasingly commonplace, younger people are seeing marriage less and less as a lifetime commitment, which can only add to the difficulties that the Church in China already has.  Its implacable opposition to divorce finds little favor with young people and hardens their widely held perceptions that it is “too conservative” and even “inhumane.”   Read more:

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