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Anger in China at law ordering ‘cooling-off’ period before divorce

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Chinese couples seeking a divorce must first complete a month-long ‘cooling-off’ period according to a new law passed on Thursday

Chinese couples seeking a divorce must first complete a month-long “cooling-off” period according to a new law passed on Thursday that has stirred a national debate over state interference in private relationships.

In an effort to lower divorce rates, China’s legislature approved a law that requires couples filing for separation to wait 30 days before their request can be processed. The measure, which was previously a recommendation implemented in some provinces, was met with widespread opposition when lawmakers first sought feedback last year.

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