The analysis carried out by the Institute resulted in the following conclusions:.- The President of the Institute for Family Policy in Spain, Eduardo Hertfelder, said the Socialist government’s proposal to speed up the divorce process in Spain by not requiring a time of separation signifies a true regression in the policies that are supposed to help resolve marriage crises and that the measure will make the rupture of marriage bonds easier rather than less common.
- The explosion of marriage ruptures on a national level continues: 1 rupture every 4.1 minutes (126,742 divorces), an increase in 10% from 2002.
- Four regions in Spain (Catalonia, Andalusia, Madrid and Valencia) account for 60% of marriage ruptures, with the highest rate (1 in 5) in Catalonia.
- Married couples in crisis opt for separation rather than divorce
- Married couples in crisis opt for the most peaceful rupture possible, with separation being more peaceful than divorce.
- Between 20-25 % of separated couples end up reconciling. This means that each year approximately 15,000 marriages are reconciled. Between 5-10% of marriages remain in a state of separation rather than proceeding definitively to divorce.
Among the solutions proposed by the Institute include “having the political will to solve and/or reduce the problem,” “developing active public policies which favor the family and preventative measures,” and lastly, implementing “public and/or private organisms (Centers of Assistance, Family Therapy) composed of experts in distinct areas who help married couples to overcome their crises.”