M.G., a 43-year-old woman living in Turkey's Aegean city of İzmir, left her husband after 11 years of marriage. "When I found out my husband was cheating on me with another woman, I told him I no longer wanted to live with him. I was a housewife with two children at the time," she told Anadolu Agency, asking not to be named. She joined a growing number of people in Turkey who have chosen to end an unhappy marriage rejecting deeply ingrained societal norms that attach great importance to marriage as an institution.
Divorce rates in the country increased by 10.9% between 2017 and 2018 with 142,448 couples getting divorced, according to Turkey's statistical authority.
For M.G., the decision was a leap of faith. "My children were too young; my youngest son was in elementary school and oldest one was in middle school. I was scared I would have health problems or would not get child support," she said.
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