great things are growing rapidly in Brazil — such as its GDP,
its influence on the geopolitical stage, and its legendary passion
for the beautiful game.
However, there’s something
else booming in Brazil that the country likely doesn’t want to
promote on billboards: the nation’s soaring divorce rate.
Earlier today, Brazil’s IBGE statistics agency noted that about 350,000 couples said I don’t in 2011 — a whopping 46% increase over 2010.
So what’s behind the Great
Brazilian Break-Up Saga of 2011? Is it the upcoming 2014 FIFA
World Cup, and domestic disagreements regarding whether Brazil
will very easily win the tournament, or just somewhat easily win
Nope. According to experts,
the fuel that’s igniting the massive Brazillian divorce bonfire
comes from two legislation changes that took hold in 2010.
The first allows Brazilians to divorce without a judge-approved one year separation period. The second allows Brazilians to
have their divorce performed by a notary instead of a judge,
provided that there are no children or dependent family members
While it’s almost certain
that divorce rates in Brazil will continue climbing in 2012 and for the
foreseeable future, it’s unclear on how the country’s marriage rates
will change going forward.
It’s possible that more
couples will tie the knot, armed with the knowledge that if things don’t
work out, they can more easily get divorced than ever before. Or, fewer
couples may opt to march down the aisle, as they see more of their
family members, friends and colleagues split up.
Suffice it to say, this is
just the beginning of a massive social sea change for the planet’s
most populous Catholic nation, which didn’t legally allow divorce
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