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Monday, 30 April, 2001, 12:35 GMT 13:35 UK
Divorce study in Saudi Arabia

A study in Saudi Arabia has concluded that the practice of allowing men to marry up to four wives is the principal cause of divorce in the Kingdom.

The report from the sociology department of King Saud University in Riyadh said that the Saudi courts grant between twenty-five and thirty-five divorces a day, with most occurring in the first three years of marriage.

The study also found that most divorced women had married under the age of twenty.

The report also said other common grounds for divorce were interference by other family members and age difference.

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