Divorce becoming more common in Israel

June 19, 2016  

Data published on Sunday by the Central Bureau of Statistics indicate an increase in divorce rates in Israel.

In 2014, the total number of couples who divorced in Israel was 14,430. Among them, 11,435 were Jews, 2,101 were Muslims, 120 were Christians and 153 were Druze.

The figures further revealed an increase in the percentage of divorcees in the population, rising from 2% in 1972 to 13% in 2014. The percentage of divorced couples are significantly higher in the Jewish population compared to the Arab population.

In age comparison, Muslim divorce rates decrease with age, while in the Jewish population, divorce rates remain fairly steady until the ages of 45-49, and then rates begin to decline.

The divorce rate stands at 8.8 per 1,000 married persons aged 15 and older in the general population. This rate varies between different religions and stands at 9.2 per 1,000 among the Jewish population, 7.9 among Muslims, 3.2 among Christians and 5.2 among Druze. In 1996, the divorce rate was 7.2 per 1,000.

Furthermore, the data highlights cities with more than 10,000 residents. The Jewish population in Eilat is characterized as having a high percentage of divorcees aged 35-64, while the city of Modi’in Illit is characterized as having a low percentage of divorcees in the same age range.

The study also showed that 77% of divorcees are satisfied with their lives (compared with 91% of the married population), while less than half of the divorcees (44%) are satisfied with their financial situation, compared with 63% of the married couples.

Additionally, divorced individuals express less optimism – 41% of both male and female divorcees believe that their lives will be better in the coming years (compared with 49% of the married), 33% believe that their lives will not change, 12% believe that their lives will get worse and 14% did not know how to evaluate their lives.

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