Family committee at National Dialogue discusses divorce-related issues

MENA , Ahram Online , Friday 4 Aug 2023

Members of the Family and Community Cohesion Committee at National Dialogue discussed proposals for a new personal status law and other thorny divorce-related issues.

Participants in the National Dialogue s Family and Community Cohesion Committee during the discussion session involving personal status law in Cairo on Thursday. Photo : National Dialogue


In a session held on Thursday, the committee members – which included lawyers, women, activists, and representatives from Al-Azhar and Dar Al-Ifta – discussed divorce-related issues such as alimony and financial compensation for divorced women.

During the discussion, Nesrine El-Baghdadi, the committee's rapporteur, highlighted that current divorce rate calculations yield inaccurate results. Instead, she suggested that any correct calculation of divorce rates should consider not only the annual rate of marriages but also the total rate of marriages in previous years.  

According to the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS), Egypt recorded daily an average of 243,583 divorces in 2021, a 14 percent increase in daily divorce rates compared to 2020.

Ahmed Fatouh, the Secretary of Fatwa at Dar Al-Ifta in Egypt, said Islamic jurisprudence does not force wives, in case of a marital dispute, to live with their husbands under the same roof, stressing that marriage in Islam is a contract that includes rights and obligations for both parties.

Fatouh emphasized the need to conduct more studies about the impact on society of financial compensation for divorced women.

The session also discussed other divorce-related issues such as the need for digitalizing court proceedings, and considered proposals for creating a specialized committee to study divorce-related matters.

The participants recommended ensuring financial support to women after divorce and enhancing the legal system to protect children's interests.

They also emphasized the importance of educational initiatives to raise awareness about the harmful effects of divorce on society and family cohesion.

A draft for a new personal status law has been the subject of debate in Parliament since 2019.

In 2022, President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi instructed the Ministry of Justice to form a legal and judicial committee to draft a new balanced personal status law.


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