Marriages among Kunming couples in their 30s are ending in divorce because of extramarital affairs and couples in their 20s are getting divorced simply because they can't get along with each other.
That was the conclusion of one marriage counselor analyzing the news that divorce rates have been continually inching up in Kunming in recent years and in some districts have now reached an annual ratio of one divorce per every three marriages.
According to a Kunming marriage counselor named Wang Fang (王芳) the rising divorce rate has been concentrated among people born in the 70s or later, and especially in those born in the 80s. The latter group, the so-called "post-1980" (80后) generation is notable for a high rate of only children among urban families, the result of China's one-child policy.
Wang said that in her experience infidelity was the most common reason cited for divorce among people born in the 70s. But she said that among post-1980 couples the most common problem was mutual enmity.
"The post-1980 couples just can't get along with each other," Wang told Kunming Information Hub. "This is especially true after lightning courtships and subsequent marriages when the couples have difficulty running a household together. These types of marriages often quickly end in divorce."
The Kunming trend toward fast marriage and subsequent divorce mirrors a nationwide phenomenon that is particularly strong among people who grew up without siblings.
There has been about one divorce per every 4.3 marriages across the city of Kunming in the past few years. But now Wuhua and Xishan districts are reporting that divorces are closer to one per every three marriages, with divorces in Xishan district up sharply for the first part of 2010 compared to the same period last year.
Between the beginning of the year and this past Sunday afternoon Xishan district had recorded 1,029 divorces and only about 2,500 marriages—about one divorce for every 2.4 marriages.
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