Donghai’s civil affairs bureau responded on Chinese social media Weibo. /Weibo Screenshot
Due to the heated discussion online, Donghai’s civil affairs bureau responded on Weibo that the divorce paper is non-compulsory. In addition, the marriage registration office also published marriage papers for newly registered couples as well as marriage advice. The goal is to bring rational thinking into marriage, and seriousness consideration of love, marriage, and family.
It is not the first time such a test has been implemented in China. Last year, news of a similar divorce examination was set up by a court in Yibin City in China's Sichuan Province.
Also, anyone who seeks to annul their marriage in a district in Shandong Province must cool off for three months. After that, the couples can either file for divorce or request to extend their term of contemplation.
Divorce rates have reportedly surged in China in recent years. According to the country’s Ministry of Civil Affairs, a total of 1.85 million couples divorced in the first half of 2017, up 10.3 percent from one year ago.