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30,626 couples divorced in 2011

The General Court building in Riyadh.

Source : Arab News / 26 Jan 2013

The Ministry of Justice has disclosed that the number of divorces in the Saudi Arabia reached 30,626 in 2011 against 162,880 registered marriage contracts.

 The figures appeared in a statistical report for the year 2011 recently published by the Ministry of Justice.

 “Of the total number of divorces, 26,840 were husband-initiated cases accounting for 87.6 percent, while 1,071 cases were “khul”, which is when a wife demands divorce, and 2,715 were annulment cases,”according to the report.

 The ministry has also prepared a detailed document with statistics on marriages and divorces in all the Saudi Arabia’s provinces.

 The ministry employed 4,615 marriage clerks who recorded an average of 31 registrations in the year the study was conducted. The clerks register marriages only if both the bride and bridegroom are citizens of the Saudi Arabia.

 With 50,007 marriage contracts, accounting for 30.7 percent of the total marriage contracts signed in the Saudi Arabia, Makkah topped the list of provinces in terms of marriages. Riyadh province came second registering 35,132 marriages, which accounted for 21.6 percent and the least number of marriages was registered in the Northern border province with 744 marriages.

 Meanwhile, the number of registrations in which one of the parties was a foreigner reached 17,801 accounting for 11 percent of the total contracts, according to the statistics provided by the report.

 The highest number of divorces and annulments was reported in Riyadh with 10,460 cases accounting for 30.2 percent of the total cases in the Saudi Arabia. Makkah came in the second place with 9,996 divorces, while the Northern border witnessed only 319 divorces, according to the report published by the Ministry of Justice.

 Coincidentally, the highest rate of reconciliations also took place in Riyadh with 496 resolutions out of a total of 2,154 registered cases.

 The report showed that the Supreme Court disposed 905 cases, while various courts of appeal received 62,062 cases in 2011.

 The study put the total number of cases and other legal operations conducted at the courts in 2011 at 636,782.

 The report also indicated that 251,390 cases were pertaining to legal rights, 116,190 were criminal cases, while 121,411 operations were related to registration of legal documents at notary offices.


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