The cooling-off period will not apply if one spouse is seeking divorce following domestic violence.
China’s divorce rate has increased steadily since 2003, when marriage laws were liberalized and as more women become financially independent
But that led to “reckless divorces” becoming an increasingly common phenomenon not conducive to family stability, an official told China Women’s Daily recently.
Last year some 4.15 million Chinese couples untied the knot — up from 1.3 million in 2003, when couples were first allowed to divorce by mutual consent without going to court.
Before then, divorce had to be obtained by one spouse suing another in court.
The new civil code will come into effect on January 1, 2021.
Other new laws include expanding the definition of sexual harassment, new protections against land grabs, and measures to allow people to donate the organs of dead relatives.