Do couples who feel
imprisoned by wedlock and yearn to recover their "freedom" get what they want by
divorcing? A recent report shows that about 70 percent of Chinese couples who
divorced via lawsuits regret their decision to divorce, Xinhua news agency
The findings -- which contrast with data from Western countries where
attitudes about divorce and divorcees are more tolerant -- reflect a
traditionally negative attitude towards 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
It claimed that an increasing number of divorced couples choose to repair
their original marriage. However, a figure on the actual number of "repaired
marriages" wasn't given.
"Marriage counseling should be provided to both teenagers and adults,
offering instruction about dealing with marital problems so as to maintain a
harmonious family," said the report, suggesting that classes about marriage
should be open to college and middle school students.
Ke Zhi, a lawyer and also the founder of China's first divorce Website which
offers legal assistance to parted couples, said that in about 60 percent of the
failed marriages he has dealt with, "excessive emotional reactions" were the
reason for the divorce. These excessive reactions explained why so many divorced
couples soon regretted their decision to divorce, he said.