Instant Divorces and Falling Interest in Marriage
The issue of marriage and divorce is receiving increased attention this week after the proposal put to parliament today to make divorces possible by agreement at a notary, a plan that is doomed to fail as it lacks support from the governing Smer-SD party and the KDH Christian democrats.
Pavol Hrusovsky from the KDH referred to the idea as posing a threat not just to Slovak society, but to the whole of human civilisation. The motion will most surely be rejected, but it has stirred up some dialogue and emotion in parliament, at least. Almost 1 in 2 marriages now end in divorce, as social networks boom and equal opportunities make woman in particular more ready to give up and go it alone. There were 47 divorces to every 100 weddings in Slovakia in 2010, with a figure of 48 for 2009.
According to an article in SME daily this week based on last year’s census, the whole idea of marriage is becoming less attractive for young people, who are opting to keep their single status until later in life, or completely. One priest told the daily that “Young people have no faith in God and that marriage has nothing to offer them”.