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Italy: divorce rate surges under more liberal law

November 15, 2016

Italy’s divorce rate soared after new quick-divorce laws went into effect, government statistics show.

The 82,469 divorces recorded in Italy in 2015 represented a 57% leap over the previous year’s figures. The number of legal separations rose only slightly, by 2.7%, suggesting that many couples had taken advantage of new laws to end their marriages immediately.

Two new laws have eased the process of divorce in Italy: in late 2014 legal procedures were streamlined and early in 2015 the required period of separation before divorce was dropped from three years to six months.


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  • Posted by: nix898049 - Nov. 18, 2016 5:35 PM ET USA

    File this under What Did You Think Would Happen?