China: Shanghai: More Couples Filing for Divorce

Chen blamed the steady increase in divorces on the character flaws of couples born in the 1980s because most are the only child in their families, making them more self-centered and impatient than couples of previous generations.

There is also less stigma attached to divorce than in the past. “People used to be ashamed of getting a divorce, but it is normal nowadays,” Chen told the Global Times.

In addition, some couples have been getting divorced to take advantage of the government’s relocation compensation system, Chen said.

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