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Increasing Divorce Rate in Saudi Arabia – Debate Underway for Issuance of Marriage Permits

Divorces in Saudi Arabia

Brief Outline of Divorce and It’s Impact in the Life of Couple

Marriage, as prescribed by Allah, is the lawful union of a man and a woman based on consent of both the parties. Principally, the objective of the marriage is to nurture a state of calmness, love and compassion in Islam, but this is not always the case. Islam actually discourages the divorce but, unlike some other religions, does make provisions for divorce by either party.

When anticipating divorce, it’s quite significant to assess and evaluate the advantages and disadvantages not only for yourself, but for your spouse and your children. Divorce divides a family financially and emotionally, which may improve life for all, or exchange one set of problems for another. The couples must consider the merits and demerits for all involved before filing those divorce papers.

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Divorce doesn’t just affect the couple themselves who is actually splitting, the children feel the impact, too. A disadvantage is the negative impact it will have on children. Researchers and psychologists accept that divorce can negatively affect toddlers and teenagers, according to the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Toddlers will often believe they are to blame for a divorce, while teenagers may feel pressured into siding with one parent or the other. A child of divorce may develop commitment issues and doubt his ability to marry. Some may also suffer depression because of the break-up of their family.


Statistics of Divorces in Saudi Arabia

More than 53,000 divorces take place in Saudi Arabia every year despite the nationwide awareness campaigns carried out by the government as well as nonprofit organizations against the growing trend.

According to Al-Amri, the number of divorce cases handled by courts across the country reached 53,675 in 2017 or 149 cases each day.

In the year 2014, there were 33,954 divorce cases recorded.

In 2015 with roughly 133,000 marriage contracts and were roughly 40,000 divorces.

In 2016 157,000 marriages and about 46,000 divorces were recorded.

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Rise of Divorce Rate in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the Year

According to the monthly report published in Al-Madina Newspaper, the Ministry of Justice in the month of Safar recorded 10,593 marriage contracts all over the Kingdom while 4,776 divorce certificates were issued in the country over the same month.

46% of the Divorce Cases Received Pertain to Makkah and Riyadh Provinces

About 46 percent of these cases were in different areas in Makkah and Riyadh provinces. The analysis of the said data shared by the Ministry reveals that the divorce ratio has become quite high as compared to the previous years.

The rate of divorce reached 46 percent of the total number of marriages during the Islamic calendar year. This means that half of the marriages are likely to end up in failure. The statistics also showed that 60 percent of marriages failed in the first year itself.

Higher Divorce Ratio Can Lead to an Increase in the Crime

The consequences of divorce is quite painful, both at the individual and national level. Divorce can lead to an increase in crime because we can see that 80 percent of the children admitted to juvenile homes belong to divorced parents. We can see that most of the women included in the social security schemes are divorcees.

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Divorce is a factor in instigating discord between individuals in society. The development of technology and social media played an important role in rising the rate of divorce and widening the gap between family members.

Concept of Introducing the System of Issuance of Marriage Permits to the Prospective Couples

The issue of divorce has become so significant that certain people went as far to demand the issuance of marriage permits to prospective couples after making the attendance at the training sessions a condition for such permits.

The purpose of issuing the permit is to make sure that the couple attend and pass the courses, and prove that they are capable of starting a home and bear the family responsibility.

This responsibility is not of a financial nature alone but is also the ability to amicably resolve with small family issues, especially at the beginning of the marriage.

It is noted that some departments require for a driving license while some professions require a license to practice. Marriage is far more important as compared to these professions because it forms the family that produces healthy and successful individuals who will serve the country and society.

The special permit to authorize marriage, which will optimistically reduce this significant ratio of divorce and will also help keep the society strong and intact in the aftermath of divorce.

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Source: Saudi Gazette

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