A statistical report on the development of China's social services in 2012, released today by China's Ministry of Civil Affairs, reveals that the growth in the country's average divorce rate was higher than that of the marriage rate.
There were more than 3 million couples applying for divorce, an increase of 8% from the year before,while the number of newly married couples was just over 13 million, representing with a 1.6% increase, in 2012.
There were 2,874,000 divorce applications, representing a growth of 7.3%, whilst 13,024,000 couples registered for marriage in 2011.
Couples aged between 20-24 years old formed the largest category among the overall marriage registrations, accounting for 35.5% of total applications, demonstrating a decline of 1.1% from 2012.
However, marriage registration for couples aged between 25-29 had risen to 34.2%, a rise of 0.8% from the year before,the report said.