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Are divorces overtaking marriages?

November 23, 2020 Speech Box

Al Arabiya which covers news in the United Arab Emirates has published a story saying in Dubai marriages and divorces have been suspended “until further notice” to avoid gatherings that could spread the disease.

Justice Khaled al-Hawsni of the Family Court also said on the department’s website that couples who have already completed marriage formalities must not organize wedding parties “even among their immediate circles.”

That’s one way of dealing with Family matters, I suppose.

Over in Kuwait the Saudi Gazette is reporting that coronavirus is turning out to be a curse for the marital life in the country as divorce numbers surpassed marriages for the first time in the month of July.

Arab Times, an English-language newspaper, reports statistics issued by Kuwait’s legal documentation department for the month of July showing there were 818 divorces, compared to 622 marriages.

It’s easy to claim that the rise in divorce rates globally can be attributed to marital problems resulting from prolonged lockdowns imposed across the world.

What I think the statistics really tell us is that this is nothing more than a decline in marriages, which are still waiting to take place – when circumstances allow – rather than an increase in divorce.

Nonetheless it is the case that our Family team is receiving more approaches than this time last year from clients asking for our support through a possible separation process.

If you would like to hear anything further about your personal circumstances please contact me at Bishop and Sewell on email lbarretto@bishopandsewell.co.uk or by telephone 020 7091 2869.

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The above is accurate as at 06 August 2020. The information above may be subject to change during these ever-changing times.

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