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Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Family Law Stats from Saudi Arabia

From Saudi Gazette:

Saudi courts received 1,039 child custody cases and 1,188 alimony cases during the last quarter of 2014, according to Ministry of Justice statistics.

The statistics also showed that Makkah had the highest rate of both types of cases with 192 child custody cases and 158 alimony cases, Makkah reported.

The Secretary General of the National Society for Human Rights Khalid Al-Fakhry said the Personal Status Court just opened six months ago but it is already handling all family cases and legal affairs such as child custody, alimony and divorce.

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I have to wonder how the family law process works in Saudi Arabia. Is it similar to the way we run things in the United States at all? I always like to learn about the way other countries deal with their legal matters. Also; that seems like a pretty big number of child custody cases over that span of time. That's a bit sad to think about.

Posted by: Rose Henderson | Mar 5, 2015 8:41:13 AM

Wow, that is a lot of child custody cases in only 3 months! I wouldn't have thought that there would be more alimony cases than child custody cases. Just from my perspective, I feel like I hear about child custody issues more often than alimony struggles.

Posted by: Lacey Rockwell | May 5, 2015 10:07:28 AM

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