Egypt Moves to Tighten Divorce Proceedings

by Admin on January 25, 2017

Current law allows husbands to proceed with divorce without the wife’s knowledge


Egypt President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi called to tighten the divorce proceedings in the country on Tuesday according to Egypt Independent.

Under the Current law, a Muslim husband has the right to “divorce his wife in her absence and without her knowledge. He may initiate and conclude all the divorce procedures himself, only letting her know at the final stage.”

Sisi said, as reported by EI, that amendments should be made to the law to mandate the presence of both the spouses at the same time in front of the Ma’zoun (public notary, marriage official) for divorce to take place, thereby enabling the couple to reconsider.

According to reports, at least 40% of the 900,000 marriages every year end in divorce. In 2015 alone, Egypt saw 200,000 divorces, a10.8% increase from the previous year.

Divorces are at an all time high across the globe. In Thailand, divorce rates have increased 27% over the past decade. Practicing divorce lawyer in Thailand, Jiraporn Thongphong said that the rise in divorces is partly due to women becoming more career driven in Thailand and partly due to the incompatibilities that arise from mixed-marriages, a big phenomenon in Thailand.

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