Saudis worry over trivial divorce

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Government officials in Saudi Arabia have grown increasingly concerned by a surge in divorce for trivial reasons.

Humood Al Shimmari is a registrar authorised to conduct marriages. Speaking to Saudi daily Al Watan (the Homeland), he said he saw more and more Saudi men making unilateral decisions to divorce their wives for a variety of momentary annoyances.

These have included, the article reports, failing to offer the most important part of a meal – the sheep’s head – to guests at a dinner party; repeatedly walking in front of the husband while out in public; wearing foot bangles during the honeymoon after the husband had asked her not to; and even for speaking in a tone of voice the husband did not like.

The registrar said bringing marriages to an abrupt end over such squabbles was particularly common amongst younger couples.

“Clearly, there is a poor understanding of the concept of marriage. They are not aware of the true purpose of marriage or of its genuine human, social and religious dimension.”

Social consultant Lateefa Hamid suggested that marriage guidance counselling could help to alleviate such problems.

“Training couples in ways to build a shared life ensures the success of the new couple and family. The more the new couple is aware about the concept of happy marital life, the more successful the marriage is.”

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Stowe Family Law Web Team

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Stitchedup - August 22, 2017 at 3:22pm

“Saudi men making unilateral decisions to divorce their wives for a variety of momentary annoyances.” Sounds like men and uk women have much in common.

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