It is our pleasure to introduce Jess Baker a new writer to the blog and congratulate her on the publication of this, her first article with v2 law blog.
All over the world men and women aspire to get married and have a family. Through the media, fairy tales and common practice the idea of saying “I do” and living happily ever after is regarded as a cultural norm; however, the reality is vastly different.
Even today, the notion of divorce is often regarded as a taboo; however, in some circumstances it can be just as much as a blessing as marriage. Luckily, we live in a world where – in most countries – divorce is no longer a hushed topic or scandal, but a process that’s readily available in times of need.
The United Nations’ Demographics and Social Statistic Division keeps to-to-date with marriages and divorces from countries all over the world. Each year these statistics prove that people of certain nationalities are far more likely to undergo divorce procedures than others. The social and cultural background of each country – religion and politics, etc. – are the main determining factors to fluctuating divorce rates.
The United States of America has a divorce rate of 53%; which equates to one divorce every six seconds. Unsurprisingly, those who re-marry are also more likely to get divorced from their subsequent marriages. When considering third marriages alone 73% end in divorce.
Paris, aka ‘the city of love’ may be stereotyped as the romantic place on Earth, but in reality it’s one of the most heavily divorced cities. At 55% France is the 9th most divorced country in the world as of 2014. While the rates in rural areas are fairly low, their urban counterparts are very high indeed.
Very few countries in the Middle East have actually reported their divorce statistics; however, data from the 2011 United Nations Annual Demographic Yearbook states that Jordan has the highest divorce rate at 25%. Religion is the biggest determining factor for the Middle East’s low divorce rate in comparison to Western countries.
Cuba has a divorce rate of 54%; however, the reason why may surprise. The state controls a very wide range of services and residents are allowed to apply for government funding in order to have their wedding costs covered. This has not only caused many to abuse the system, but has resulted in a very casual attitude towards marriage. As of 2013 many residents have been following the trend of committing to their spouse, but without any legal arrangements or ceremony; therefore, this figure is expected to lower in the coming years.
The main reason why Hungary has a divorce rate of 67% is because courts grant permission by mutual agreement. Research has also shown that many married couples don’t move in together immediately; then realize that it was the wrong decision when they finally cohabit the same space.
Belgium holds the title of ‘the most divorced country in the world’ with a rate of 71%. There are two main contributing factors; firstly, the country has experienced the collapse of several governments, and secondly, the Church is declining at a very steep rate. At present roughly 32,000 Belgians sign divorce papers each year.
Contrary to what many people say or think about divorce, it’s actually far more common than most realise, especially in the West. If you’re thinking about divorce and would like to know about what procedures are involved visit SA Law’s page on divorce questions.
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Jess Baker – V2 Law Blog