By Yujing Liu
Thursday, 29 March
Most of the 1.4 million divorce lawsuits filed involved couples about three years into marriage, a report by the Supreme People’s Court shows.
Women filed 73 per cent of the cases, the report said.
Over 77 per cent of the lawsuits cited incompatibility as the major reason, while 15 per cent cited domestic violence, including physical and verbal abuse.
The southern provinces of Guangdong and Guizhou and the Guangxi region were at the top of list for the number of abuse cases reported, said the report, which was released last Friday.
Divorce, once seen as a social taboo in China, has become increasingly accepted by the public.
The divorce rate has steadily risen over the past few years, accounting for three per cent of the population in 2016 up from two per cent six years ago, according to latest statistics from China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs.
A total of 4.2 million couples divorced in 2016, jumping by 8.3 per cent from the previous year.
Apart from domestic violence, cheating on partners can also be a major factor behind divorce.
A poll of 70,000 internet users by Tencent News in 2016 found over 60 per cent of men surveyed admitted cheating on their girlfriend or wife, while 30 per cent of women had done the same.
More than 30 per cent of the male respondents and 13 per cent of the females thought hiring prostitutes did not constitute cheating, according to the survey results.