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Pre-marital courses may help bring divorce rates down: Family life education expert

Statistics released earlier this week show that about half of the couples who apply for divorce in Singapore are between the ages of 39 and 49. 

SINGAPORE: Figures released by the Department of Statistics on Tuesday (July 29) showed that divorce rates have remained stable, with about 7,000 cases reported yearly. However, about half of the couples who apply for divorce are between the ages of 39 and 49. 

The Family Life Education Expert Panel believes more can be done to bring divorce rates down. For a start, couples can be encouraged to attend pre-marital courses before they tie the knot.

Couples who are about to get married are generally keen to find out how they can improve their relationship, said Mr Arthur Ling, a member of the Family Life Education Expert Panel.

“Many people are here because they want to see whether they've missed out anything in the relationship that they are not aware of and (need) someone to improve on their conflict resolution skills," he said.

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