In December last year we wrote about a new government policy in China that was limiting married couples from increasing the size of their properties. This policy led to some happily married couples in China choosing to divorce in order for them to exploit a policy loophole and double the size of the homes.
Now, couples are reportedly getting divorced in order to place their children in their preferred schools. A government policy which restricts children to attending a school close to the main household now appears to be further increasing the divorce rate.
Parents who divorce can avoid property sales taxes by transferring their ‘main household’ address to a second home that is close enough to their preferred school or they can simply register their new address at a family members’ home if this too is in their preferred district.
This reported increase in divorce has not gone unnoticed. The Nanjing government in East China’s Jiangsu Province has apparently limited the number of divorces that can be registered each day. Couples must draw a number and wait in line. If they are not called for that day, they must return another day and wait all over again.