Divorce Rates Up in Israel

Divorce rates in Israel have risen to 1.3 per 1,000, resulting in a three-fold increase in single-parent families in the past decade to 12,000 — 89 percent of them headed by women.

These statistics were cited by Nitza Ben-Dor, who lectures on social work at Tel Hai College, in an address to a symposium on divorce and children held recently at Haifa University.

Ben-Dor told the symposium that the recent past has witnessed drastic changes in divorce patterns — with a big drop in divorces occurring during the first year of marriage and an increase in later divorces by couples with children.The higher Israeli divorce rate, however, is still below the 5.5 per 1,000 in the United States and 2 to 3 per 1,000 in Western Europe, Ben-Dor said.

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