Divorce not a happy thought for 70% Chinese

Beijing, Jan 18 | Updated: Jan 19 2007, 05:35am hrs
Around 70% of divorced Chinese couples, who sought more 'freedom,' regret their decision to separate, a recent survey has found.

The findings which contrast with data from Western countries where attitudes to divorce and divorcees are more tolerant reflect a traditionally negative attitude to divorce in China. The report, released by the Beijing municipal committee of China association for promoting democracy, cited figures of more than 400 divorce lawsuits from 50 cities nationwide. It claimed that an increasing number of divorced couples choose to repair their original marriage but gave no figures for repaired marriages.

Marriage counselling should be provided to both teenagers and adults, offering instruction about dealing with marital problems so as to maintain a harmonious family, the report said, suggesting that classes about marriage should be open to college and middle school students.