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China sees uptake of divorces of convenience

15th July 2013

According to BBC News online, a spouse who separates or gets a divorce in China can register an address in a different area and this then allows them to apply for a place at a local, more desirable, school than would be available in the catchment of their family home.

Further, in China there is a strict limit on the number of properties a couple can own and by getting a divorce, a former spouse can own more houses.

Rules on property ownership were introduced in March this year and it has been reported that in one city, Nanjing, there has been a 70 per cent increase in registrations for divorce when compared with the first six months of 2012.

While it appears there are no laws applicable yet in China to determine whether a divorce is fraudulent, UK family lawyers believe divorces of convenience are unlikely to be a problem here in the foreseeable future.

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