Jakarta – South Tangerang saw an increasing divorce rate in 2018, with up to 3,500 couples separating while most cases stemmed from affairs triggered through social media connections and economic issues.
South Tangerang's office of the Religious Affairs Ministry recorded that the number rose from 3,000 divorces in 2017. The divorce rate represented nearly half of new marriages registered in South Tangerang, which were 7,000 to 9,000 per year.
"Many of the couples split due to affairs with people they met on social media," office head Abdul Rojak said as quoted by tempo.co on Thursday.
The office planned to improve its premarital counseling program for future brides and grooms to prevent another increase in 2019, Abdul said. Couples who want to get married must first enroll in the program before acquiring marriage documents.
"We will also provide training for students to prevent early marriage and divorce," he added. (vla)