ヨルダンの離婚率は21%

21% of marriages end in divorce

http://www.jordantimes.com/?news=38737
22 June 2011
By Laila Azzeh

AMMAN - Around 79 per cent of divorces that occurred last year took place before consummation of the marriage, a study has found.

The survey by sociologist Hussein Khazaali, based on official statistics, showed that there are nearly 60,000 marriages registered in the Kingdom each year in average, compared with 13,000 divorces.

"This means that one in every five marriages end up in divorce, or 21 per cent of the total number of registered marriages, which is quite a lot," Khazaali told The Jordan Times over the phone on Tuesday.

He attributed the "growing" number of divorces to several reasons, including a lack of sense of responsibility among the youth, explaining that such a value is essential to protect the marriage bonds and families.

"It was uncommon to hear about a divorce case in the recent past, but divorces have become common nowadays," noted the researcher, stressing that parents should play a bigger role in the lives of newlyweds to ensure they maintain a successful marriage.

"I also don't encourage signing the marriage contract too early. The engagement period should be long enough to make sure that couples understand each other and are ready to tolerate the hardships life might bring," Khazaali said.

The study also showed that the average age of marriage in Jordan has increased for both sexes, standing at around 30 years for men and 27 for women.

"People in the past thought that women's only ambition is to get married, but now Jordanians are open to the idea that women have other aspirations and marriage is only part of them," the expert said.

He underlined that the misunderstandings of Islamic teachings drive men to initiate divorce as the first solution, although Islam deals with it as the last resort "when marriage life becomes unbearable".

The Chief Islamic Justice Department is yet to release its 2010 annual report on divorces.

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