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Divorces in China nearly halve under contentious 'cooling-off' law

Marriages also drop for eighth straight year, accelerating decline in births

A couple prepare for a wedding photo shoot outside the Forbidden City in Beijing.   © Reuters

BEIJING -- Divorces in China plummeted 43% on the year to 2.13 million in 2021 as many couples reconsidered their decisions to split up under a new 30-day "cooling-off" period amid rising economic anxiety.  

The drop followed an 8% slide in 2020, a year of extended COVID-19 shutdowns of the offices where they would have filed.

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