The number of couples that filed for divorce at the Bulawayo High Court shot to 820 between January and December 2018.
This marked a 60 percent increase compared to 512 in 2017. However, 1 192 couples had their marriages solemnised by magistrates at the Bulawayo’s Tredgold Building in 2018. Lawyers and religious leaders attributed the increase in the number of divorce cases to economic challenges and the breakdown of the extended family system that used to play an integral part in preserving marriages.
The statistics obtained from the Bulawayo High Court show that divorces formed the majority out of 1 677 summons filed.