In class yesterday we talked about how marriage can often times be an economic arrangement. I thought this article about divorce in China brought up some really interesting points about that. The article talks about how money can contribute to these quick marriages and divorces.
“Given these money worries, young people may see economic benefits of moving in together as soon as possible, to get out of the parental home and to save money. Even after marriage, many couples remain financially dependent on their parents, causing more problems.”
Additionally, the article mentions the one-child policy’s role in marriages and divorces. It mentions the problems that arise when neither parent wants to take custody of a child after the divorce. Often times the parents don’t want to take custody because they want to ensure family security in their next marriage with a child. This seemed particularly interesting to me because not only are people seeking economic and individual freedom through their marriage, but also are looking to secure familial relations as is apparent from the one-child policy’s role in divorce. It seems like they’re trying to achieve individual freedom, yet hold on to the stability of a family structure. I also thought it was interesting that a non-Western country is seeing an increase in divorce rates, which is typically thought of as a Western problem.