China’s New Divorce Law Requiring a 30-day Cooling-off Period Sparks Controversy

by admin on August 19, 2020

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Back in May, China passed a new Civil Code. One of the provisions of the new Civil Code is that couples seeking a divorce will have to wait 30 days between registering their split and actually being able to do so.

In many countries across the world, a so-called “cooling-off period” is the norm.

But months later in China, there is still controversy surrounding the requirement with many saying that it could lead to women being trapped in violent marriages.

On Weibo, the Chinese version of Twitter, “oppose cooling-off” has been viewed over 40 million times.

In China, the ruling Communist government sees rapidly rising divorces in the country as a threat to the social fabric and stability of the society.

This has led prominent Chinese legislators to argue that a 30-day cooling-off period would give splitting couples time to think their decision over more and not make any rash decisions.

But detractors to the divorce say that it will put women in abusive relationships in danger.

In China, three-fourths of divorces are initiated by women.

Under the Civil Code, however, there is a stipulation that those in an abusive relationship aren’t required to wait 30 days but many women’s rights advocates point to studies that Chinese courts oft err on the side of men in divorce proceedings.

Unlike China, Thailand divorce law does not require a waiting period for those seeking a marriage split. Divorces can be done immediately if both spouses reach an agreement.

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