(MENAFN - Arab News) Jeddah courts witnessed an alarming rise in divorce cases totaling 300 in the last one month alone in addition to 200 divorce request from women.
'The increased number of divorces in Jeddah is worrying' Yahya Al-Salami judge of marriages in the Civil Status Court in Jeddah said. He added that the Civil Status Court in Jeddah was crowded with large numbers of men and women who had come to finalize their divorce marriage procedures and issue support deeds.
The clients have expressed satisfaction with the launch of a specialized court to speed up ruling in cases and finalize litigation procedures.
Um Khalid told Arab News that she had come to court to present two certificates to prove her marriage after her ex-husband failed to show up in court. She said she had filed an alimony case with the general court and was pursuing the case.
She added that procedures are now much smoother and appointments are automated bringing to end the suffering of physically attending court. She suggested that alimony rulings be speedier especially since some women can't pay for the upkeep of their children.
Um Nora told Arab News that it had taken more than her two years to settle the dispute with her husband. They had reached an agreement through the reconciliation committee which is affiliated to the court.
She added that the committee protects families from divorce and breaking up and that the reconciliation procedures normalltake up to two weeks which is considered normal considering the large number of clients.
Um Mohammad said she had come with her son to finalize the procedures of his marriage contract and receive the divorce papers of her daughter. She said procedures are much easier now and inquiries are dealt with through a clear and simple mechanism away from complicated routines.
Um Abdulrahman who came to court to finalize her divorce procedures suggested that all cases related to civil status such as custody and alimony should be dealt with under one roof especially since alimony cases take a very long time to settle if the other party has decided to stall and skip hearings.
Lawyer Bayan Zahran told Arab News that the launch of civil status courts in a number of provinces is a positive and practical step because it facilitates the completion of procedures and shortens litigation time.
She pointed out that there are specialized judges for civil status cases which means rulings will not vary between one case and another. She added that the Civil Status Court in Jeddah is looking into finalizing marriage divorce and deed issuance procedures.
These used to be known as the marriage and guardianship courts. Executive departments in civil status courts look into cases between adversaries and mediate in solving conflicts regarding family issues such as marriage divorce separation custody removal of guardianship or denying women the right to marry. A A