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Divorce among Qataris declines.

RAJESH MISHRA DOHA THE Qatar Statistics Authority has good news for Qataris and bad news for non-Qatari residents of Qatar so far as divorce cases are concerned. Its latest survey reveals that divorce cases are on the decline among Qataris and on the rise among non-Qatari residents.

The 2011 Marriages and Divorces Annual Bulletin of Vital Statistics released by Qatar Statistics Authority recently says that the divorce rate among Qataris fell marginally by 1.9 percent and increased at the same rate among non Qataris last year compared to 2010.

Divorce certificates stood at 754 (68.1 percent) for Qatari, down 1.9 percent compared with 2010 and 354 (31.9 percent) ; whereas for non-Qatari, up 1.9 percent compared to 2010, says the report, which is considered one of the most vital statistics through which marriage and divorce characteristics in Qatar are examined.

The report observes that a majority of divorce cases pertained to families where women could not give birth to children. According to the report, 67.6 percent of the total divorced women were those who did not deliver children. Women with sound reproductive status, on the contrary, constituted only 3.1 percent of total number of divorced women.

Another shocking revelation made by the report was that 21 percent of the total divorce cases occurred before the marriages were consummated.

The report adds that that marriage contracts for Qataris stood at 1,898 (57.6 percent), down 1.3 percent compared with 2010; and 1,395 (42.4 percent) for non-Qataris, up 1.3 percent compared to 2010. Median age at first marriage was 26.7 for Qatari males, 24.1 for Qatari females, 29.6 for non-Qatari males, while 26.5 for non-Qatari females.

The number of marriage contracts for Qatari males marrying for the first time reached 1,442 (76.5 percent) while for non-Qatari males it was 1,164 (83.4 percent). Similarly, for Qatari females the figure stood at 1,621 (84.2 percent) and for non-Qatari females it was 1,217 (89 percent).

Remarriage contracts for Qatari males reached 456 (24 percent), 231 (16.6 percent) for non-Qatari males, 304 (15.8 percent) for Qatari females and 151 (11 percent) for non-Qatari females.

In terms of divorced women's number of children according to the wife age group, it was largest in 39-35 age group (20.3 percent of the total number of children) followed by 44-40 age group (20 percent), and 30-34 age group (18.6 percent).

The number of children of Qatari divorced women represented 684 (70.0 percent of total divorced women's children), of which non- Qatari fathers' children constituted 5.4 percent.

The number of children of non-Qatari divorced women was 289 (30 percent of total divorced women's children) of which Qatari fathers' children constituted 24.6 percent.

It is worth mentioning here that the bulletin is based on data submitted monthly by the Supreme Judiciary Council. The first part of this Bulletin discusses marriages. It includes indicators, such as median age at first marriage, and remarriage contracts that show marriage characteristics in the Qatari society.

The second section of the bulletin focuses on the issue of divorce in the Qatari society. It analyses relevant data, including divorce certificates by type (revocable, khul "wife-initiated divorce", minor and major irrevocable divorce), husband and wife age group, marriage duration, kinship, and age groups.

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Publication:Qatar Tribune (Doha, Qatar)
Date:Sep 18, 2012
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