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Divorce rate surpasses marriages for first time

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Trend tied to marital problems … which is attributed to lockdown

KUWAIT CITY, Aug 3: For the first time in Kuwait, divorce rates surpassed marriages during July, reports Al-Seyassah daily. Statistics issued by the Legal Documentation Department shows July witnessed 818 divorces, compared to 622 marriages, which means 4 divorces for every 3 marriages.

The daily quoting experts said the rise in divorce rates can be attributed to marital problems which in turn attributed the marital problems to the lockdown the country witnessed because of the outbreak of the corona pandemic.

The daily said add to this the financial problems which many families faced as businesses shut doors, while the tempers inside homes flared over silly issues and this greatly affected the marital relations.

The daily added, there were few marriages and this was also due to the restrictions by the concerned authorities on social gatherings to prevent the spread of the virus.

The daily added, many couples were reluctant to tie the knot without the presence of their friends and families as they keep hoping life in Kuwait like the rest of the world to come to normal – sans corona – albeit with the availability of the vaccine to control the epidemic.

The sources emphasized that the high rates of divorce and the decrease in marriage cases does not necessarily mean there is an increase in divorces, but rather this scenario has unfolded due to the exceptional conditions that the country and the whole world are currently experiencing as a result of the outbreak of the virus, which is nothing more than a decline in marriage cases rather than an increase in divorce cases.

The statistics showed that the Department of Sharia Documentation completed during the period from June 30 until the current July 28, 13,947 transactions, the most prominent of which are 205 marriage permit contracts by an authorized person outside the administration (a non- Kuwaiti party).

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