Divorce is something that should be given serious thought, so we were surprised to hear of what’s been happening in the small Chinese village of Jiangbei recently.
In the village, a mass of couples are filing for divorce in the hope of striking it rich. This comes after the news that the area is being demolished to make way for a new high-tech industrial zone. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-39150594
Compensation has been offered to the residents of Jiangbei in the form of one 220 square metre house, but the savvy villagers have realised that they could qualify for 2 homes if they were divorced. If single residents were to receive a new house by way of compensation while married couples were limited one co-owned home, then a divorced couple could surely claim compensation as singles. The expectation is that divorced couples could claim an additional 70 square metre property and also some cash in compensation.
As a result, several dozen couples have filed for divorce, but this isn’t a case of money over love – many couples have stated they will continue to live together and expect to remarry at a later date. It remains to be seen whether any of the divorced couples will really obtain the additional compensation, but it seems the villagers are willing to take the risk.