Jul 03, 2014 03:59 PM

Graphic: The Growing Pains that Come with Changing One-Child Policy

(Beijing) – A new policy that allows couples to have a second child if one parent was an only child is gradually being implemented in all but two areas. The new policy was passed by the central committee of the National People's Congress, the country's top legislative body, in December.

Now provincial governments must figure out how to implement the new rules. The changes are important to families having children around this time because a nuance in interpretation could determine whether their child is deemed legal, which is essential for education, health insurance and household registration purposes. For example, a second child born just before the policy goes into effect is deemed legal in the eastern province of Anhui, but not in the southwestern province of Sichuan, where the parents are subject to a fine of as much as 300,000 yuan.

This graphic shows the effect dates of the policy and some rules regarding a second child by region.

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