April 2, 2015: he Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜİK) indicated a 4.5 percent increase in divorces in Turkey, while the marriage rate remains steady.
Figures from 2014 provide testament to the Turkish population’s traditional belief in the institution of marriage with only a 0.1 percent drop in the number of marriages.
Data shows that the average age for newlyweds was 26 for men and 23 for women, and the average age difference in first-time marriages is 3.2 years, showing no deviation from 2013 figures.
Experts attribute divorce rates to a lack of marriage counseling. The Ministry of Family and Social Policies offers marriage counseling services to prevent divorces. The ministry notes that most divorce cases, filed over minor disagreements between couples, are resolved if the couple attend counseling sessions. If a divorce proceeds anyway, the ministry also offers counseling services for children of divorced couples.