Eastern China’s Jiangxi province has introduced a “trial divorce” service to help young couples resolve their marital problems.
The service allows the husband and wife to live separately, and thus experience “divorce” without having their marriage legally ended, China News Service reported.
“Many cases of divorce were driven by impulse,” Tong Xin, a marriage guidance counselor, was quoted as saying. “Trial divorce gives the two sides a chance to calm down and reflect on their marriage.”
The program requires the couple to sign an agreement that includes division of assets and custody of children, after which they begin living under “simulated” divorce conditions for a period that could last three to six months, the report said.
Many of those who joined the program have reconciled after a few weeks or months, Tong said.
More than 3.5 million couples divorced in 2013, up 12.8 percent from the previous year, according to the Ministry of Civil Affairs.
The divorce rate roughly stood at 0.26 percent, up 0.03 percentage point from 2012, ministry data showed.
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