While the current economic crises has made many companies to declare themselves broke, families in Shanghai are getting closer together and are shying away from filing a divorce, revealed authorities. According to officials at the Shanghai Municipal Civil Affairs Bureau, 36,811 couples filed for divorce at the city's civil affairs department in 2008, which is 284 less than in 2007. In 2006, the number was 37,395, following a continuous increase since 1978 when 422 couples filed for divorce, reports the China Daily. "People tend to look for stable relationships and cherish their families more during economic turmoil," said Zhou Jixiang, an official with the bureau. Tang Jian'an, a divorce lawyer, says that he is seeing fewer clients, especially those who are rich and successful. "They, mainly men, have to focus more on saving their businesses and have no time to tend to family crises. Even when they do, they will try to reach an agreement on property, children and support issues, because filing for a divorce takes time and they just don't have that much time for that," he said. Jia Mingjun, another divorce lawyer in Shanghai, has reported a similar trend. Fan Wenjia, a lawyer in Suzhou, Jiangsu province, said that some couples have come to him for divorce, but backed out because of the cost, according to the Yangtze Evening News. "When I told them how much more they need to pay for children or a loan every month, and how much they need to pay for the divorce, they withdrew the decision," he said.Source: ANISRM << Lessons From Australian Swine Flu Fight More Web Users In China Than Entire US Population: Report >> Recommended Reading How to Save your marriage You can save your marriage - even when your partner insists on a divorce. READ MORE Infidelity Infidelity is no longer seen as a midlife crisis alone because younger people are beginning to cheat on their spouses READ MORE Living Together Before Marriage Can End Up In Divorce: Study Couples living together before marrying have a higher chance of getting divorced than those who wait until they were engaged or married, according to research out Tuesday in the Journal READ MORE Divorced Men More Prosperous Than Women, But Not Happier Divorced men are significantly more prosperous than divorced women, but they are more likely to regard themselves as poor four years after a marriage break-up, suggests a study. 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 Nutam (400mg) (Piracetam) Indian Medical Journals Sanatogen More News on: How to Save your marriageDivorce: Pros and ConsHow to Handle Depression and Stress while Going Through a Divorce?