New marriage law sparks debate in China
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New marriage law sparks debate in China

One of the hottest issues recently in China is the introduction of a new marriage law whereby a house bought for  a children by parents and registered under the name of the child before marriage belongs to the child.

That’s to say it is the child’s personal property if the couple divorce one day, the spouse will not become the co-owner of the house.

If the house is bought by both sets of the parents and the marriage ends in divorce, the value of the house is divided.

Different people respond differently to the issue.

Some people welcome it and say it is fair for both sides. On one hand property is the main estate a family owns and people spend most of their money on a house.

Property is a lucrative asset and it is the most difficult matter to deal with in divorce cases.

The spouse who has a house would not suffer the loss of the property when the marriage breaks down. After all, it is one’s personal property before marriage.

On the other hand the judicial court is easy to settle disputes of the divorce cases concerning the real estate in the country’s increasing divorce cases on the basis of the new law of the marriage, for it is accurate.

Others complain about it and don’t think it is fair.

Those that were married before the new law of the marriage think the judicial court should use different laws to settle the divorce cases, meaning that the judicial court should use the old law of the marriage to settle the disputes. The house was bought by the husband and registered under his name, while the wife spent her own money on the decoration of the house, for she thought that the house was their joint estate. According to the judicial explanation, the house is his in case they divorce, which is extremely unfair for her.

The new law is related to all the people and their benefits and it has some advantages and disadvantages. Its advantages are that it will make people change their opinions about the marriage and have correct and healthy marriage opinions. People are seeking real love, not loveless marriage. Its disadvantages are that it may lead to some social and family problems. For example, husbands and wives may go out to work in order to make big money and they would not do housework or look after and educate their child.

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