Turkey seeks to lower divorce rate

Turkey is working to decrease the increasing divorce rate in the country.

Turkey seeks to lower divorce rate

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkey has launched a family-oriented educational program to lessen the increasing divorce rate and give families one more chance through therapy and consultation services.

While about 80 percent of divorced people remarry, 17 percent of them remarry their former spouses, research figures showed.

To combat the issue, the Ministry of Family and Social Policies has announced an initiative named the “family consultation project” with 6,000 experts specially trained in the consultation of couples across the country.

“That 17 percent means 20,000 people. We worked on this figure to analyze the reasons for remarriages among former spouses with the help of the academic world,” Minister of Family and Social Policies Fatma Sahin said. “We observed that lack of communication and economic problems affect the family.”

Noting that the technical infrastructure is prepared, Sahin added, "In the first phase we will start with four sessions. After the first phase, the family will decide whether a more in depth consultation is necessary and we will carry this out with different methods and will follow the cases until the end.”

While the divorce rate was 16.9 percent in 2001, it increased to 20.03 percent in 2010.

And the Ministry of Family and Social Policies works hard to preserve families from being broken apart.

Last Mod: 21 Kasım 2013, 16:09
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