Almost 30,000 couples divorced or separated in Spain in the ssecond quarter of 2018 –between April and June–, 1.7 percent more than in the same months of the previous year, according to the data collected by the Statistics Service of the General Council of the Judiciary (CGPJ).
Specifically, 28,063 divorces and 1,449 separations were registered and all forms of matrimonial dissolution experienced year-on-year increases, except for the demands of consensual divorce (17,077), which fell just 0.1 percent. For its part, the 11,986 non-consensual divorce lawsuits are 4 percent more than in the same months of the previous year.
Among the couples that separated in this period, 983 did so in a consensual manner, 5.4 percent more than in the same quarter of 2017; and 466, in a non-consensual manner, 5.9 percent more than those presented between April and June of the previous year. In addition, there were 32 claims for annulment, 11.1 percent less than in the same period of 2017.
By Autonomous Communities, the greatest number of marital dissolution demands per 10,000 inhabitants has occurred in Canary Islands (7.7 percent), followed by the Valencian Community (7.5 percent); Catalonia (7 percent), La Rioja (6.9 percent), Andalusia and the Balearic Islands (6.8 percent) and Murcia (6.7 percent). The lowest rates were registered in Castilla León (4.8 percent), Aragón (5.2 percent) and País Vasco (5.3 percent).
Regarding the demands for modification of measures in separation and divorce proceedings, the consensus has increased by 12.1 percent and the non-consensual ones have had a slight decrease of 0.4 percent compared to the second quarter of 2017.
On the other hand, the modifications of custody, custody and maintenance measures for non-marital children have had interannual increases. The 5,420 demands that were consensual experienced an increase of 6.4 percent in the second quarter of 2018 and the 7,789 non-consensual demands increased by 4.7 percent.