Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Divorce News From Asia

As some readers might have spotted I have changed the look of my blog and I am rather behind with posting. Perhaps I should have really titled this post Divorce History in Asia.

I am now convinced the Family Law (Scotland) Act 2006 got it about right when it reduced the times to divorce after separation with consent to one year and years without consent. Last week Reuters reported a fall in the number of divorces in South Korea after a reversal of policy enabling most couples to divorce on the spot. The change was brought about as couples who fell out were immediately applying for divorce. Now couples with children go through a three-month cooling off period while childless couples can end their marriage after one month. On-the-spot divorces are still granted in cases of physical or sexual abuse.

An earlier Reuters article carried a story about the fears of recession triggering an increase in the number of divorces in China where one paper said the number of people seeking divorce advice increased by 30 percent in the second half of last year. in 2007 there were 2.1 million divorces in China in 2007, nearly seven times the figure of 1980.

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