A new study by the parliamentary general secretariat's research department shows that Kuwait's annual divorce rate increased by over 4% compared with 10 years ago, the Kuwait Times reported Thursday (July 8th).
In the 1980s and 1990s the divorce rate held steady at 31%, but now stands at 35.4%.
An estimated 30 couples marry in Kuwait every day. The study found that 65% of divorces take place within the first five years of marriage. Legal reforms that facilitated divorce are contributing to the higher rate.