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Cheating is no ground for divorce, triggers widespread controversy
Published on: 2022-01-04
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The publication of an article on divorce application has aroused widespread public controversy after it claimed that adultery is not an act of cohabitation and cannot be taken as the only motive to apply for a divorce.
 

The article, titled "Application for divorce will not be allowed only because of cheating," was published on Sunday by the High People's Court in East China's Shandong Province.
 

It said that cheating is not an act of cohabitation because cohabitation refers to a married person living with someone without marriage relations continuously and stably, according to the judicial explanation of the marriage and family section of the Civil Code sanctioned by the Supreme Court on December 29, 2020.
 

Therefore, adultery cannot be claimed when filing for a divorce unless it can be proved as continuous and stable behavior, said the article.
 

"For example, records of your spouse living with someone in a hotel, or photographs of your spouse holding hands with someone in the street, are not proof of cohabitation," it added.

The controversy comes from the interpretation that adultery is not an act of cohabitation and is not a valid excuse to file for a divorce. It left the public with the impression that you cannot ask for a divorce even if your spouse has an affair with someone, said experts.
 

Although the article has been deleted, the hashtag "No application for divorce because of cheating" has received more than 990 million views and comments on Sina Weibo, China's Twitter-like social media platform, where netizens have expressed that this argument is very extreme.
 

网文称不能仅以“出轨”为由请求离婚

近日,一篇题为《不能仅以“出轨”为理由,请求离婚》的文章引发舆论争议。
 

文章称,“2020年12月29日最高人民法院出台了《民法典•婚姻家庭编》司法解释,该司法解释明确规定:‘与他人同居’的情形,是指有配偶者与婚外异性,不以夫妻名义,持续、稳定地共同居住。根据该司法解释:虽然出轨婚外异性,但是没有长期、稳定的共同居住,就不能认定为同居行为,就不能以此作为起诉离婚的理由,更不能以此作为要求离婚损害赔偿的条件。也就是你抓到你的配偶出去和别的异性开房证据,但这不属于长期共同居住,不能以此要求离婚。”
 

事实上,这已不是该文首次出现在互联网平台。至少早在2021年1月,就已有类似微信公众号文章在网上流传,后被频繁转载、引述、改写。最近也有某省高级人民法院官方微信号转发该文章,后又删除。
 

夫妻一方眼看着对方出轨,却不能向法院起诉离婚?上诉文章的观点引发争议。
 

对此,资深婚姻律师、北京市中闻律师事务所合伙人信金国曾发文予以驳斥。
 

2021年10月,信金国在其微博发文称,“最近看到一篇普法文章,标题为《最新司法解释明确:不能仅以“出轨”为理由,请求离婚》。如果按照该作者的说法,配偶不能仅以‘出轨’为由要求离婚,仔细想想,那另一方就可以明目张胆地出轨,这不是欺负人吗?对方都出轨了还不能要求离婚?可见这种说法多么荒谬。”

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