The Ministries of Justice and Social Affairs are putting forward serious and innovative solutions to address the rising number of divorces that are threatening the social fabric of our country. The Council of Ministers is reviewing their proposal to require obligatory marriage counseling courses for young couples before their marriage. Soon the marriage contract will not be issued unless a course certificate is presented. The marital training certificate will be required along with the medical report before a marriage can be officially recognized. This could be a positive development that could change the situation and put an end to the alarming rate of divorce in the Kingdom. However, the ministries must ensure that the counseling courses are conducted by progressive and qualified psychologists or social scientists, otherwise the courses will not achieve the desired goals and we will not see a positive change.
Social norms and government restrictions continue to create a lot of unhappy wives and are responsible for the increasing number of divorces and broken homes.Samar Fatany
Forty percent of divorces were mainly due to the husband’s refusal to let his wife continue to work and forcing her to quit her job, while 60 percent were due to issues related to the husband’s control of his wife’s salary.