Tunisia tops Arab countries for divorces

Most common is 'unilateral', no reason required

13 September, 17:34

    (ANSAmed) - TUNIS, SEPTEMBER 13 - Tunisia ranks first among Arab countries and fourth worldwide in the number of divorces each year, based on the proportion of divorces compared to the total number of residents, according to the latest Tunisian Justice Ministry figures.

    In the judicial year 2014/2015, there were 14,892 registered divorces, equivalent to 1,248 per month, 41 per day, three every hour.

    The majority of divorces were those classified as "unilateral", in which only one spouse is required to file for divorce and isn't required to specify a reason; followed by "consensual" divorces and those filed for fault (or with prejudice).

    In the first type of divorce - evolution of repudiation - the suit can be brought by either spouse without providing a reason and without the other spouse's consent.

    In this case, however, the spouse who didn't file for divorce can request an indemnity, which is liquidated at the judge's discretion.

    "Unilateral divorce is the most widespread, in that the indemnity due to the opposing party is in practice about 1,000 Tunisian dinars for each year of marriage," Tunis attorney Giorgio Bianco told ANSA.

    Despite this, the judge ultimately determines the amount of indemnity.

    Divorces are numerous in Tunisia because the process is fairly streamlined and fast, due to the fact that prior separation isn't required. (ANSAmed).

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