Hundreds of couples divorce to get bigger houses and more money

A long line of people waiting to get divorced 
By: Anika Rao 

Hundreds of Chinese couples are divorcing so they can get bigger houses and more money.

Happily married couples including elderly people and those who have been married for many years, have flooded the Bureau of Civil Affairs of the Jiangnan District, to get their marriages dissolved after a new housing policy allows them to double the size of their homes if they are divorced.

The government ordered people to relocate and promised to compensate them with a house and money. According to the Jiangnian district government’s policy, each married couple will get a house measuring approximately 240-square meters, while each single person is also entitled to a 240-square meter house.

Therefore, if a couple is divorced even if they live together, they would be counted as two and get a 480-square meter house.

Government officials have called an emergency meeting to see what can be done to stop people from the scam divorce.

"My husband and I are very happy. However, all our neighbors, friends and family members are getting divorced," newly single Guo Chaoqing, 65, said.

“Why would we give up all that money and a big house when we can divorce, live together and have a house twice the size and double the money, something is very wrong with this policy and people are taking advantage of the loophole," Liu Weng admitted.