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A recent report from the Department of Statistics has revealed that the number of divorces in Singapore is increasing, whilst the number of couples choosing to marry is decreasing, according to Channel News Asia.

Whilst 28,332 couples married last year, this number was slightly less than the 28,407 recorded in 2014. Meanwhile, there were 7,522 divorces, an increase of 2.9% on 2014’s 7,307 statistic.

Couples are waiting longer to get married, with the average age of a man having risen slightly to just over 30 and a woman at 28.

Mirroring trends seen elsewhere in the world, the report indicates that the number of older couples divorcing is also increasing. 42.4% of men and 27.5% of women were over the age of 45, compared to 30% and 20.1% respectively, in 2014. These statistics indicate that the age of both men and women filing for divorce has risen by two to three years in the space of 12 months.

There has been a significant rise in the number of inter-ethnic marriages in Singapore over the last ten years and these accounted for 21.5% of marriages last year. Just less than 34% of Muslim marriages were inter-ethnic.

There was little change in the length of the average marriage however, with around ten years remaining the static figure. Perhaps surprisingly, 18.3% of divorcing couples had been married for at least 20 years. Top of the list however were those couples who had been married for between five and nine years; a group which formed 31.5% of all divorce applications.

With regards to reasons cited for divorce in Singapore; in over half the cases, “unreasonable behaviour” was given as the main cause and startlingly, proceedings were initiated by the woman in 61.6% of the applications.

Within Muslim marriages, the principal reason given was infidelity, with this cited in more than one in five divorce applications. This was followed by desertion and financial problems.

Increasing number of divorces in Singapore

Date: August 12th, 2016 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

  A recent report from the Department of Statistics has revealed that the number of divorces in Singapore is increasing, whilst the number of couples choosing to marry is decreasing, according to Channel News Asia. Whilst 28,332 couples married last year, this number was slightly less than the 28,407 recorded in 2014. Meanwhile, there were… Read the full article

Proposal to include compensation as part of divorce settlement

Date: August 8th, 2016 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

  A 41 year old woman is set to make legal history if she wins her fight to claim a share of her husband’s compensation as part of her divorce settlement, reports Metro. The 19 year marriage of Helen Tippett and her husband, 45 year old Andrew Kerslake, broke down four years ago and since… Read the full article

China’s divorce rate on the rise

Date: July 12th, 2016 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

  China’s thirty-something’s are the main age group which is causing its divorce rate to soar, according to China.org.cn. A report by the People’s Court in Fujian Province has revealed that almost 40 percent of the marital dispute cases in that region involve couples born in the 1980s. Meanwhile, it is estimated that around half… Read the full article

Indian men lend support to triple talaq

Date: July 8th, 2016 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

  Thousands of Muslim women in India are campaigning to abolish the ancient “divorce law” of triple talaq, but now men are also offering their support in a bid to change the law, according to the Hindustan Times. Under the Muslim Personal Law Application Act, husbands are still permitted in India to perform talaq, whereby… Read the full article

20 year financial settlement claim reduced

Date: July 4th, 2016 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

  A woman, who applied for a financial settlement claim of £1.9 million 20 years after her divorce, has instead been granted £300,000 by the High Court, according to the BBC website. Kathleen Wyatt married Dale Vince in 1981. At that time, both were living a New Age traveller lifestyle with little income. It wasn’t… Read the full article

Rabbis work to help women victims of “agunot”

Date: June 28th, 2016 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

  Israel and Middle East news source Haaretz recently revealed joint plans by Orthodox Rabbis in Israel and Europe, to identify Jewish men who prevent their wives from seeking a get, or Jewish divorce. Such women are called “agunot”, a literal translation being “chained women”. In the past, a wife was given this status if… Read the full article

Reform of Pakistan’s divorce laws divides priests

Date: June 23rd, 2016 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

A recent divorce case which led to a heated debate regarding Pakistan’s divorce laws, has split judges and religious leaders, says The Express Tribune. The original Christian Divorce Act 1869 stated that either Christian husband or wife within the country could apply for a divorce on a number of grounds, although the wife would need… Read the full article

Judge orders family reunification

Date: May 27th, 2016 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

  All too often in divorces that are less than amicable, the children unfortunately become tangled up in the battle between mother and father. Such was the case as reported recently on the Canadian CBC news site. In this instance, the father was alleged to have “recruited” his teenage son onto his side, seemingly persuading… Read the full article

Muslim one-sided divorce criticised by qazis

Date: May 20th, 2016 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

  The International Business Times reports that there have been a number of cases across India, where husbands have approached Islamic qazi judges and asked to grant them a divorce, without telling their wives. This procedure, which appears to be increasingly common, is carried out by the husband simply giving the dower to a qazi… Read the full article

Music mogul files for US divorce from behind bars

Date: May 17th, 2016 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

  Three times married music producer Phil Spector has filed for what will probably be his last divorce, from behind bars in a California state prison, says MailOnline. The 76 year old, who was previously married to Annette Merar of Spector’s Three and Ronnie Bennett of the Ronettes, went on to marry wife number three,… Read the full article


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