Saudi Arabia: Marriage preparation program to be mandatory
The workshops offered to cover various topics including social, religious, economic, psychological and cultural issues
The Ministry of Social Affairs is in the process of implementing a mandatory marriage preparation program for all engaged couples, Makkah daily reported. A source at the ministry said that the program was optional at first and was implemented in 459 centers and societies under the ministry.
“The ministry plans to make the program mandatory and people who complete the program will receive a certificate of completion. This certificate must be presented in order for a marriage contract to be issued. Our reason behind this decision is to decrease the the number of divorce cases in the Kingdom,” said the source.
The program is a series of workshops available at 38 different centers, 390 social development committees, and 31 marriage and familial development societies and is provided free of charge all over the Kingdom. The workshops offered to cover various topics including social, religious, economic, psychological and cultural issues.
Ministry of Social Affairs official spokesman Khalid Al-Thubaiti said that the initiative was a result of the Council of Minister’s decision to make the ministry responsible for creating preparatory programs for engaged couples.
This story was originally posted on the Saudi Gazette on Dec. 16, 2014.