317 couples divorced this month, majority being those who pursued ‘love marriage’
The majority of cases related to couples who eloped, pursued court marriages or free-will marriage.
In 74 cases, husbands have filed for resolution of disputes with their wives.
Family courts have received 2,781 applications pertaining to divorces.
Majority of cases were related to couples who eloped, pursued court marriages or free-will marriage.
According to media sources, as many as 317 couples pursued divorce only in one month in family courts of Rawalpindi. As courts reopened after the summer break, the alarmingly high rate of divorce came into notice.
As for the figures of September only, the courts have issued certificates of marriage dissolution following ‘Khula’ in 11 cases, while in 74 cases, husbands have filed for resolution of disputes with their wives.
Speaking to a local news source, family lawyers revealed that there has been a stark increase in the divorce trend, particularly in the on-going year. Family courts have received 2,781 applications pertaining to divorces, however, in 95% cases, the conflict ended in the dissolution of marriage.
Speaking to the said source, advocate Syed Masood Shah, Sameena Bukhari, Asad Abbasi shared that in their view, the majority of cases were related to couples who eloped, pursued court marriages or free-will marriage.
What is the reason?
According to family lawyers, the major reason for majority love marriages ending in shambles is because they are built on false narratives and shallow promises. The claims are soon unfolded after the marriage. Once the excitement wears off and things start to appear more transparent, the couples usually end up in divorce.
Additionally, in the cases of the marriage of choice, parents are not supportive as well and favor divorce. The divorce laws have been made further easier now. A woman simply saying ‘I don’t want to live with him’ is enough to dissolve the marriage. The ratio of divorce in arranged settings was less, due to a more problem-solving approach and pressure from parents to make it work.
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