Turkey reached out to more than 400,000 people in three years for premarital education and consultation services, Family and Social Policies Minister Sema Ramazanoğlu announced. Ramazanoğlu said the services were offered to couples who intend to marry as well as to single individuals for free. She added that the ministry also provided consultation services for couples planning to divorce, where 1,688 couples out of 5,086 applying for consultation in 2015 decided to cancel their planned divorces.
The Parliament had recently set up a committee to investigate the alleged rise in divorces in the country. According to 2014 figures by the Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat), divorces increased 4.5 percent in the country – or roughly 1.7 per 1,000 people. Speaking at a parliamentary session earlier this week on the establishment of the Parliamentary Committee of Inquiry, Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ had noted that although the divorce rate in Turkey was low compared to other countries, cultural differences and differences in moral values with other countries were supposed to keep the divorce rate lower than current figures.