Lawyers in Spain Warn That 2020 Could Be First Year in Which Divorces Outweigh Weddings

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Summer: Separations and divorces.
Bumpy Ride: More divorces than marriages is likely in 2020Credit: Shutterstock

 Lawyers in Spain are afraid that 2020 marks the first year in which the number of divorces outweighs the number of weddings.

Weddings are already on the downfall as 2019 marked the lowest number for unions since 2014. According to the National Statistics Institute, last year only 165,578 marriages were officiated.

Many couples who were intending to get married have even had to postpone until a later date because of the uncertainties that the future holds. So, this year the number of potential marriages will be even smaller.

This year, prospects are not looking any brighter especially not in the ‘new normality’ after the long months in quarantine.

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Quarantine has forced couples to remain in enclosed spaces with one another for months on end and many lawyers predict a surge in divorces because of it.

According to Alberto Garcia Cerbian, from Cerbian & Associates their “calculations” estimate that the total “number of divorces is going to increase by 25%” roughly by the same amount that marriages will “increase”.


Laura Taylor is a graduate from the University of Leeds. At university, she obtained a Bachelors in Communication and Media, as well as a Masters in International Relations.
She is half British and half Spanish and resides in Malaga. Her focus when writing news typically encompasses national Spanish news and local news from the Costa del Sol.

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