Chinese parents split up for the kids

GUANGZHOU, China - Parenting is a selfless -- and expensive -- commitment for mothers and fathers around the world. But the love that some parents in China show for their offspring appears lavish to the point of sacrificial.

This mother divorced her husband so they could send their son to a good school.

Some go so far as to get divorces to circumvent restrictions and provide a better life for their children.

"To tell you the truth, I did not want to split up with my husband, because we get along so well," said a 42-year-old divorcee in Yuexiu a downtown area of Guangzhou, Guandong Province.

The woman, who chose to remain anonymous, had been living happily with her husband and only child in a house they had bought in the suburbs of Guangzhou. However, six years ago, right before her son entered elementary school, her husband suggested to her that they should get a divorce.

At first, the wife could not understand why he would make such suggestion. However, after realizing the intention of his proposal, she jumped at the idea and divorced her husband, who works in the general affairs division of a local insurance company. The reason? To send her son to a better school.

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