Kuwait sees jump in number of divorces

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KUWAIT CITY, Nov 29: In a worrying indicator that affirms the need for researches on its causes and repercussions, official figures reveal a high divorce rate in Kuwait, with the number of divorced Kuwaiti women reaching an average of about 15 daily, based on statistics of the last five years, reports Al- Rai daily.

According to statistics prepared by the daily on divorce rates during the period between 2016 and 2020, the daily divorce rate is 20 in total including 15 Kuwaitis and 5 non-Kuwaitis. Figures issued by the Central Statistical Bureau reveal that the number of divorce cases has increased in the last five years. The decrease in the number of divorce cases last year was due to the exceptional situation imposed by the measures to confront the COVID-19 pandemic.

The total number of divorce cases during the past five years reached 36,345 including 26,576 cases affecting Kuwaiti women. A total of 26,576 Kuwaiti women, representing 85 percent, were divorced by 22,626 Kuwaiti men, as compared to 3,950 non-Kuwaiti men, who constitute 15 percent.

In 2016, a total of 7,223 divorce cases were registered of which 5,259 cases affected Kuwaiti women from 4,386 Kuwaiti husbands and 873 non-Kuwaiti husbands. In 2017, 7,433 divorce cases were registered of which 5,402 cases involved Kuwaiti women from 4,510 Kuwaiti husbands and 892 non-Kuwaiti husbands. In 2018, 7,869 divorce cases were registered of which 5,764 cases affected Kuwaiti women from 4,839 Kuwaiti husbands and 925 non-Kuwaiti husbands. In 2019, 7,888 divorce cases were registered, including 5,857 cases affecting Kuwaiti women from 4,938 Kuwaiti husbands and 919 non-Kuwaiti husbands. In 2020, 5,932 divorce cases were registered, including 4,294 cases affecting Kuwaiti women from 3,953 Kuwaiti husbands and 341 non-Kuwaiti husbands.

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