Shanghai reported a big jump in couples splitting up last year amid an increase in fake divorces, rising instability in young people’s marriages and an economic downturn, Shanghai Daily reported Thursday. More than 60,800 couples with at least one of them Shanghainese divorced in 2013, up more than 16,000 from 2012, the report said, citing the Shanghai Civil Affairs Bureau. These included 417 in which one partner was an expat or a resident of Hong Kong, Macau or Taiwan, 17 more than in 2012. The number of divorcing couples in 2012 was about 7,160 more than in 2011. Many couples, mostly middle-aged or older, sought a divorce to evade tax on house purchases, helping push up the figure, Leng Li, a psychological and marriage counselor, was quoted as saying.
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