Iran makes divorce tougher

Istanbul: Iran has changed a law to make divorce by mutual consent invalid unless couples have first undergone state-run counselling, the country’s latest move to tackle a rise in broken marriages.

‘A decree of divorce by mutual consent, without counselling, is forbidden,’ Parnian Ghavam, head of the judiciary’s social work and counselling office, was quoted as saying by Tasnim news agency.

All Iranians filing for divorce would be obliged to go to a counsellor, she said. ‘From now on, without this it will not be possible to register divorces of mutual consent.’