Dubious Distinction

I’m frequently asked what the divorce rate is Israel.

So, below is an article from the Jerusalem Post with the stats (in real numbers) for 2013 as released by the Rabbinical Courts Administration. Because the statistics are from the Rabbinical Courts, they only relate to divorces between Jews. It would have been nice to see the statistics from the authorities responsible for divorces between Muslims, Christians, and civil dissolution of marriages.

My town, Jerusalem, seems to have the dubious distinction of the most number of divorces.

There was a continued rise in the rate of divorce in 2013, with the Rabbinical Courts Administration announcing on Tuesday night a 5.8 percent increase in the numbers of couples ending their marriages over the 2012 figures.

In total, 11,219 couples got divorced in 2013, compared with 10,602 in 2012.

Jerusalem was the city with the most divorces, with 733 couples formally separating, while 678 couples divorced in Tel Aviv, 502 in Haifa and 492 in Rishon Lezion.

The rabbinical courts, which have exclusive jurisdiction over Jewish marriage and divorce, said it took an average of 96 days to complete a divorce case in 2013, 10 days quicker than a year earlier.

Additionally, the administrations’ special unit for obtaining bills of divorce (gets) for women whose husbands refuse to grant them obtained 159 gets in 2013 from men who had fled the country, compared to 163 in 2012.

There was a significant increase in the number of times the rabbinical courts imposed sanctions on men refusing to give their wives a bill of divorce.

You can read the rest here.

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