Turkey Sees Decline in Marriages, Rise in Divorces Over Past Two Decades

Turkey's marriage and divorce trends have shifted significantly in the past 20 years, with declining marriage rates and rising divorce rates, highlighting evolving family dynamics and societal norms in the region.

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Turkey Sees Decline in Marriages, Rise in Divorces Over Past Two Decades

Turkey Sees Decline in Marriages, Rise in Divorces Over Past Two Decades

Turkey has experienced a notable shift in its marriage and divorce trends over the past 20 years, according to data from the Turkish Statistical Institute (TUIK). The country has witnessed a steady decline in marriage rates, while divorce rates have been on the rise during this period.

The data reveals that thousands of divorces have been recorded in Turkey since the beginning of 2024. Notably, 27% of these divorce cases were granted by Iraqi courts, while the remaining separations fell outside of legal jurisdiction and were often granted under religious law.

Experts attribute the increasing divorce rates to various factors, including irreconcilable differences between couples, marrying before being fully prepared for the commitment, domestic violence, polygamy, infidelity, and the challenges of living in crowded multigenerational homes. These issues have contributed to the pressure on marriages and the subsequent rise in separations.

The trend is not limited to Turkey alone. The neighboring Kurdistan Region has also experienced a surge in divorce rates, with over 14,000 separations recorded in 2023. The primary reason cited for divorces in the region is 'incompatibility' between spouses.

Why this matters: The shifting marriage and divorce patterns in Turkey and the surrounding region have significant social and demographic implications. These trends highlight the evolving dynamics of family structures and the evolving societal norms surrounding marriage and divorce.

The data from TUIK serves as a striking indicator of the transforming landscape of relationships and family life in Turkey over the past two decades. As the country grapples with these changes, it raises important questions about the underlying causes and the potential long-term effects on society and future generations.

Key Takeaways

  • Turkey sees declining marriage, rising divorce rates since 2024.
  • 27% of divorces granted by Iraqi courts, others under religious law.
  • Factors include differences, unpreparedness, violence, polygamy, infidelity.
  • Kurdistan Region also experiences surge in divorce rates, citing incompatibility.
  • Trends signal evolving family structures and societal norms in Turkey.