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Family interference major cause of divorce, reveals Qatar University research

Family interference major cause of divorce, reveals
Qatar University research

Tribune News Network
In recent years, the world has witnessed an increased divorce rate, which is considered one of the times’ problems, as it has been going up due to the effects of a previous marriage. However, many men resort to marrying again after a divorce, according to a study titled ‘Marriage after divorce for the man’ by Ruba Abu Tarbush, teaching assistant of social work programme at the Department of Social Sciences at Qatar University (QU).
The study supported by the Journal of Social Sciences and the Arab Democratic Center was conducted to identify some of the social characteristics of married men in a second marriage and the most important reasons that prompted them to marry for the second time. It also aimed to understand the timing of marriage before/after the divorce, and the most critical economic, psychological and social problems that a man suffers from after the second marriage.
The study comes to identify the reasons for the second marriage after divorce from the viewpoint of the divorced, to shed light on the most critical problems facing a man in the marriage and to learn more about the effects of divorce and failure in the first marital relationship on a man’s new life.
It may also help those who are about to get married to pay attention to looking at the future married life more seriously and may open the way for counsellors and specialists to help the divorced man by setting up counselling programmes to alleviate the experience of the problems caused and paying attention to setting up special counselling programmes for couples to help them overcome challenges.
After analysing the results of the study for a sample of 100 divorced men with children from a previous marriage, it became clear that the average age of the participants was 34.4 years, representing the category with the highest percentage of divorced men.
According to the survey, most of the men work in the private sector and live with the second wife without the children from the first marriage, as most of the children were in the mothers’ custody while only 21 percent of the children were in the custody of their fathers.
A vast majority of the men blamed the collapse of their first marriage on family interference (husband’s or wife’s) in their marital lives, making the marriage lasted just between one and three years.
The results showed that it was possible to avoid divorce in the first marriage if there was no interference of the spouses’ family and the need for guidance was done in a neutral way.
The results also revealed that problems leading to divorce were higher on the social side, followed by the psychological side but lower on the economic side.
The researcher recommended conducting Arab and local studies on the second marriage of a man and a woman, educating the family and establishing competent authorities that can be resorted to in the event of differences and tensions between the spouses before the divorce takes place, creating programmes for training staff in various institutions to increase qualification in the field of marital counselling.
The researcher also recommended employing male social workers in Sharia courts to reconcile the spouses, rehabilitate divorced people after divorce and help them understand the reasons for the divorce that occurred between them.
She urged Sharia judges to not initiate divorce procedures until all means for reconciliation have been exhausted.
The researcher stressed the need to educate the local community about the importance of proper marital choice and the need for harmony between spouses by designing programmes aimed at imparting marital life skills and methods of interaction between spouses, especially between families in which the second marriage took place.