The study aims to research the situation of divorced women residing in Turkey and to determine the legal options available to them to register their marriage contracts or divorce cases at the official authorities in both Syria and Turkey, and to reveal the most important difficulties and challenges facing them on the various aspects such as social, financial and legal aspects
Research type: Divorced women
Publish date: April 2020
Publisher: INDICATORS Center
Reports and statistics issued by international human rights organizations and bodies indicate that there are huge numbers of Syrians who have been forced to leave their home areas to become internally displaced or to take refuge in other countries, as the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights estimates the number of internally displaced people to 6.6 million people, while the number of refugees was 5.6 million people who are mostly located in neighboring countries, especially Turkey, which hosts between three million and a half and four million refugees. Syrians living in areas that are out of regime’s control inside Syria, whether they are IDPs or members of the host community suffer many difficulties related to their inability to reach the official state departments to obtain ID documents they need or to document any changes in their personal status such as marriage and divorce contracts, because the Syrian regime closed many official departments in areas out of its control. Refugees also face many difficulties, especially because many countries stopped the diplomatic missions affiliated with the Syrian regime, and the rest of these missions require many documents (that refugees cannot obtain) to complete the required procedures for registering personal status documents such as marriage and divorce. There is no doubt that these difficulties are more difficult for the most vulnerable groups, especially the divorced women.
Based on the above, given the importance of registering marriage and divorce contracts and the consequent legal problems resulted from not registering them at the official authorities in addition the loss of the rights of the wife and children, we have conducted this study, which aims to research the situation of divorced women residing in Turkey and to know the percentage of marriage and divorce contracts registered at the official authorities, and to identify the most prominent procedures used to register marriage and divorce contracts in addition to know the negative effects of not registering them on both the wife and children. The study also aims to reveal the difficulties and challenges faced by divorced women on the economic and social levels.