Why introduce such a policy?
Most divorces are impulsive decisions, said Shen Chunyao, a leading official of the Standing Committee of the NPC. The modification was proposed to provide couples enough time to reconsider their decision before rushing to divorce.
His remark was backed up by data collected through a pilot test rolled out in March this year in Anyue County, southwest China’s Sichuan Province.
According to a local judge, Jiang Xinru, among about 20 couples that went through a cooling-off period, only 10 percent went on to finalize their divorce. One couple even thanked the local staff in tears for stopping them from divorcing.
Xie Hongfei, an expert at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, also believed the policy was a good balance between the freedom of personal choice and family stability.
The major goal of the proposed policy is to help stabilize marriages and prevent people from making hasty decisions, based on the inaccurate evaluation of the relationship due to temporary emotions, Xie added.