As per statistics published by the Ministry of Civil Affairs, more than 848,000 couples registered for divorce at civil affair bureaus across China within the first six months of this year. This figure represents a rise of almost 10 percent year-on-year. According to annual statistical reports, the number of couples divorcing - either by registering at civil affair bureaus or going to court - has been rising continuously since 2003, when the revised Regulation on Marriage Registration took effect. "The revised regulation has to some extent facilitated more couples getting divorced at civil affairs bureaus," said Xu Anqi, a researcher with Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, in an interview with the Mirror Evening News. However, Xu said the divorce rate has been on the rise for decades, reports China Daily. The rate was 0.03 percent in 1979, 0.07 percent in 1990 and roughly 0.1 percent in 2000, climbing to 0.21 percent in 2003. A report by the Ministry of Civil Affairs in June this year revealed that there was an annual rise of 7.6 percent in the number of divorces from 2005 to 2009, with 2.47 million couples divorcing in 2009. According to Xu, the major cause of this rise is the decreasing cohesiveness between married couples. Source: ANI << Parents' Continued Unemployment Detrimental to Child's Phys... Sex Lives Get Better at 40s For Women >> Recommended Reading How to Save your marriage You can save your marriage - even when your partner insists on a divorce. READ MORE How Couples Deal With Divorce Can Be Understood From Verbal Clues How you cope with your divorce is revealed by how you talk about it than what you say about it, says a new study. READ MORE Post-Divorce: Kids Who Spend Equal Time With Both Parents Do Well Children who spend equal time with both parents after a divorce or separation are doing well, though not better or worse than children who spend most time with their mothers, a new study has found. READ MORE Divorce: Pros and Cons Divorce can be traumatic for children and create a sense of insecurity amongst them. Couples should realize that joined parenting is important even after divorce. READ MORE How to Handle Depression and Stress while Going Through a Divorce? Divorce or breakup can be stressful and cause anxiety, depression and panic. Simple ways can help you deal with depression triggered by loss of marriage. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Fongitar (Zinc Pyrithionone) Vent Forte (Theophylline) How to Reduce School Bag Weight - Simple Tips More News on: How to Save your marriageDivorce: Pros and ConsHow to Handle Depression and Stress while Going Through a Divorce?