Xiamen University

Wife walks away with house in 'divorce' property scheme in Xiamen

Married couples in a number of Chinese cities have been temporarily divorcing on paper to jump through local loopholes for better deals on second properties. But loopholes are tricky things, as one man in Xiamen, Fujian Province found when his now ex-wife seized the chance to walk from their marriage with the house plus 500,000 yuan ($72,641). A Xiamen court recently upheld the divorce and ordered the man, surnamed Liu, to pay the sum as written in the fine print of an annulment the couple signed five years earlier. Liu argued the divorce was purely a technicality to secure lower