COLOMBIA: Narco violence, terrorism, plus “express” divorce laws result in explosion of divorces in Bogota
Divorces explode in Bogotá Colombia due to narco-terrorism and “express” divorce laws
Dubbed one of the 10 most dangerous cities in the World, Bogotá, Colombia, also has one of the highest divorce rates in Latin America. Could the narco-terroristic violence be the reason? Here’s what urbantitan.com said about the narco-terrorist violence in Bogotá :
While security in Colombia has improved significantly in recent years, violence by narco-terrorist groups continues to affect some rural areas as well as the capital city, Bogotá . In August 2010, a car bomb exploded outside the Caracol radio station in Bogota and in October, Colombian authorities claimed that they had foiled another car bomb attack directed at the National Administrative Center in Bogotá. Some criminal organizations continue to kidnap and hold civilians for ransom or as political bargaining chips. The fact that Colombia has one of the highest violent crime rates in the world is quite enough for understanding how dangerous is Bogotá. [more]
But the rising divorce rates may not have anything to do with violent crimes. The divorce rates in Bogotá could be rising simply because of the changes in the divorce laws in Colombia. Circa five years ago, the law makers literally turned divorce into a joke. Quickie divorces are the rule of law in Colombia. No questions asked. Parties to a divorce action in Colombia do not need to go to court and they do not need a lawyer. All they need is a signature from a notary public and they can get what is called an “Express” divorce.
On June 9, 2005 the Colombian congress approved the Express Divorce law in an effort to eliminate paperwork and waits. These previously took an average of 6 weeks, a judge and lawyers, with the new law the two parties had to only agree against a notary public without the need of a lawyer. According to a study by the Universidad Externado divorce in Colombia has been constantly increasing since the 1950s.
As well as, one could argue that the rising divorce rates in Bogotá are a direct result of both the extreme narco-terroristic violence that plagues the city, and the ease with which Colombian laws allow couples to divorce. Either way you look at it, though, just blame the government for being complicit.
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