NewsRussian parliament raises divorce fees amidst rising split rates

Russian parliament raises divorce fees amidst rising split rates

Moscow, Red Square, Russia
Moscow, Red Square, Russia
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26 June 2024 15:33

The Moscow Times reported on Wednesday that the Russian State Duma (lower house of parliament) has passed a bill raising administrative divorce fees from 650 roubles to 5,000 roubles (from around 5 to 45 pounds). The fees related to marriage registration will remain unchanged.

The Moscow Times emphasised that Russia is among the world leaders in the number of divorces per 1,000 people, with the number of divorces steadily increasing over the last four years.

Statistics indicate that 33 per cent of divorces are caused by poverty and the inability to support the family, 15 per cent by mutual lack of understanding, and 14 per cent by infidelity and jealousy.

The portal also cites the opinion of social psychologist Alexei Roshchin, who believes that in recent years, the "atmosphere of fear" has intensified in the country, which may negatively affect marriages. He claims that the crisis and war in Ukraine have forced Russian women to "take off their rose-tinted glasses" and realise that men are just as powerless as they are in the face of external circumstances, undermining the foundations of many relationships.

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