MISUNDERSTANDING, infidelity, interference by in-laws and irresponsible behaviour are among the reasons why young married couples end up divorcing or separating from each other, says the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry.
Deputy Minister Datuk Azizah Mohd Dun said that based on a study, the first five years of marriage are usually the most challenging, particularly for young couples.
For men, 56.2% of divorces or separation were due to misunderstanding, while 11.8% of such cases were caused by their wives’ infidelity. A total of 10% of the divorce or separation cases were due to claims of interference by in-laws.
Azizah said the women also gave similar reasons for divorcing or separating from their husbands.
“For women, 38% of divorces or separation were due to misunderstanding, 20.5% due to their husbands’ infidelity and 15.2% of divorced women claimed that their husbands were irresponsible,” she told Siti Zailah Mohd Yusoff (PAS-Rantau Panjang).
There were 9,029 divorce cases among non-Muslim couples in 2014. The number rose to 9,326 cases last year.
“A total of 4,939 divorce cases among non-Muslim couples were recorded as of September this year,” said Azizah.
She said divorce cases among Muslim couples were much higher.
A total of 59,712 Muslim couples divorced in 2014 and rose to 63,463 cases last year.
“As of July 10 this year, there were 48,077 divorce cases among Muslim couples,” she added.
Asked on what could be done to punish Muslim ex-husbands who ignored a syariah court order to pay alimony, Azizah said a committee was formed to look into the matter.