Not-so-holy matrimony: Five divorces per hour reported in Saudi Arabia

divorce-shutterstock_241768015news54s4545f5sf4f54Nearly 127 divorces happen each day in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, translating to five divorces per hour.

The reported revealed by the General Authority of Statistics stated that 157,000 marriages were registered in the court over the past year. However, 46,000 divorces were also reported during the said period.

Arab News quoted the reports saying, “Last year the number of divorces recorded a decline from the year before, which saw more than 54,000 cases of divorce. The Eastern Province and Tabuk recorded the highest divorce rates last year – 36.7 percent and 36.1 percent respectively. In Riyadh, the divorce rate was recorded at 31 percent, while Jazan witnessed 17.9 percent.”

Stating that 60 percent of divorces take place in the first year of marriage, The chairperson of the Board of Directors of Mawadah Charitable Organization, Princess Sarah bint Musaed had earlier revealed that a quarter of marriages on Saudi Arabia end in divorce.