Israeli divorce rates fell in 2017, with 10,674 couples getting divorced last year. And I am happy that more couples are finding happiness in their marriages. No one wants to remain in an unhappy relationship.
Tel Aviv experienced a 7% drop in divorce with just 649 couples getting divorced.
A strengthening economy may be partially responsible, with most couples divorcing over finances. Stronger finances mean that couples can skip the family lawyer and focus on their own happiness.
Jerusalem experienced a 9% increase in divorces on the year, with 788 people separating.
But the data does conflict slightly with data from 2016 that found 14% of Israelis are divorced. Divorce rates among Israelis has steadily climbed since 2012, and the rates were up as recently as 2016.
What has stirred the drop in divorce?
I’ve already speculated that the rise in the economy is helping lower divorce rates. The GDP is expected to rise as much as 3.4% in 2018. Finances are a major reason for divorce. When there’s no enough money, couples bicker and fight.
Add in a spouse that doesn’t handle finances well, and each party will blame the other for their financial problems.
A sense of unity among couples, and their happiness, will struggle when differences over how much money a person brings into the marriage enters the equation. You’re not going to have an easy marriage when a spouse has terrible spending habits, one refuses to work and the economy is struggling.
Israel’s economy, in my opinion, is just one piece of the puzzle keeping potential divorcees together.
You also have a plateau in the number of divorces. Perhaps people are marrying more for love than for security with younger generations.
In the States, the rate of divorce is also falling. Data released in 2016 showed three straight years of divorce rates falling. The divorce rate fell to a 40-year low, and this may have to do with a younger generation.
Millennials are divorcing less, and older generations may have already found their true love or went through a divorce.
Women’s rights are attributed to some of the change, with women marrying not for money but more for love. People are spending more time dating. Wages for women are rising, allowing marriage to be a choice rather than a necessity.
Younger generations are also more open with one another, expressing their concerns and issues, which leads to a stronger, healthier marriage. Women who are stuck in marriages where communication is non-existent and a divorce isn’t granted are gaining power, too.
Israel is proposing a government bill that may actually help women that are stuck in marriages with men.
Rabbinical courts, under the new law, would punish Jewish men that fail to grant their wives a religious divorce. But there is a lot of backlash from these measures. The bill will prevent non-citizens from leaving Israel after a visit, and they may even become jailed.
Rabbinical courts will be granted the power to grant divorces for Jews who aren’t Israeli citizens, too.
We might see a rise in non-Israeli divorces as a result.