Most Turkish divorces are contested in court

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Most divorces between Turkish couples are contested in court, new figures reveal.

Local news agency Anadolu report that there were a total of 212,945 divorces across the predominantly Asian country last year, and in no less than 113,892 of these, the couple in question were unable to reach agreement amongst themselves and ended up arguing in court.

According to Anadolu, the most commonly cited reasons for divorce amongst Turkish couples are adultery and desertion.

Unsurprisingly, the country’s largest city, Istanbul, was home to the most divorces – 45,534 were filed there last year. Turkish capital Ankara placed second on the list.

The agency notes the services made available by the government to try and discourage divorce, which they claim is often sparked by petty squabbles in the first five years of the marriage. The Ministry of Family and Social Policies offers marriage guidance counselling to both couple at loggerheads and to any children they may have if the threatened divorce does go ahead.

Overall marriage statistics show a modest decline across Turkey in 2016. There were 1.4 per cent fewer marriages – a total of 594,493 – and 4.3 per cent fewer divorces.

Photo of Istanbul by Pedro Szekely via Flickr under a Creative Commons licence.

Stowe Family Law Web Team

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