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Fake divorces

Fake divorces

There are many motives for getting divorced, but in Li Guoliang’s case they had nothing to do with an unhappy matrimonial state. No, the 42 year-old from Hunan province is divorcing his wife so he can apply for a preferential mortgage to buy a second home. According to Xinhua, Li made the decision after the government made it more expensive to buy a second property. By getting a ‘fake divorce’ he can let his wife have their first house, and then apply for a preferential mortgage as a ‘first time buyer’. After buying the Rmb720,000 second property in Changsha he says he will remarry her. Li claims to have been given the idea by a real estate agent and thinks he will save Rmb240,000 over the life of the mortgage. Nor is he alone; after the new measures were introduced a lawyer in Chongqing said 16 clients approached him for a ‘fake’ divorce with exactly the same idea as Li.

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