Divorce Rate In Zambia Skyrockets

Divorce Rate In Zambia Skyrockets.

OVER 8,000 staggering divorce cases are being disposed of in Lusaka Province yearly, records from the provincial local court office have revealed.

In 2015, a total of 14,870 divorce cases were heard while a total of 8,552 have been heard between January and September this year.

The records indicate that an average of 17 divorce cases are disposed of daily and an average of 340 cases recorded monthly.

According to the records, the average age of couples seeking divorce is between 28 and 45 with the most prominent grounds of separation being unfaithfulness and negligence by either spouse.

Other prominent grounds of divorce include infidelity, denial of both economic and conjugal rights, and bad influence from family and friends.

The records also show that majority couples seeking divorce are from the peri- urban areas.

Local courts recording high number of divorces are Kanyama, Chawama, Chelston and Matero, which are by far more than those from Boma courts, which cover urban areas.

The records reveal that most of the evidence adduced before the courts in most divorce cases is from Short Message Services and WhatsApp messages found on cheating spouses’ mobile phones.