KUWAIT CITY, July 8: The Undersecretary of the Ministry of Justice for Information Technology and Statistics Sector Heba Al-Abd Al- Jalil said there is a rise in divorces from 7,433 in 2017 to 7,869 in 2018 an increase of 5.9 percent, indicating that the total number of divorce cases in the same year of marriage increased from 757 in 2017 to 786 in 2018 or an increase of 3.8 percent, reports Al-Rai daily.
In a statement to the daily, Abdul-Jalil touched on the annual statistics prepared by the Statistics and Research Department of the Ministry. The percentage of divorces when both spouses were Kuwaiti was 61.5 percent of the total cases last year. The percentage of divorces when the husband is Kuwaiti and the wife is a non-Kuwaiti is 11.8, while if the husband is non-Kuwaiti and the wife Kuwaiti it was 7.3 of the total cases.
She indicated the proportion of divorces rises for the period of marital life from one year to less than 5 years, followed by less than a year of married life to 19.8 percent.
The highest percentage of divorce cases was for married couples with university qualifications (27.8 percent), intermediate qualification (24.3 percent) and secondary (22.0 percent). The proportion of divorce cases for wives holding university degree is 33.7 percent, the secondary school 25 percent, followed by the diploma holders and above secondary by 21.4 percent.
The highest percentage of divorces for couples was in the category of 45 years or 24.8 percent, 30 to 34 years, 21.2 percent, 25-29 years 19.5 percent, 35 to 39 years, 16.4 percent, the highest percentage for divorces for wives in the age group from 25 to 29 years by 23.0 percent, then the category of 30 to 34 years by 20.4 percent, and then from 20 to 24 years by 15.3 percent.