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Divorce rate drops in the Canaries 

Divorce and separation in the Canary Islands is on the decrease, reflecting the general Spanish trend.

The rate in the Canaries was 6.6 per 10,000 inhabitants in the first quarter of 2018, according to the data collec-ted by the Statistics Service of the General Council of the Judiciary.

Judicial processes for breaking up marriages (disso-lutions, separations and divorces) in the archipelago fell by four per cent in the first quarter of 2018 with respect to the same period of 2017.

The Canary Islands re-gistered a total of 1,413 marital breakdown processes in the first quarter of 2018 compared to 1,472 in the same period of 2017.

By provinces, it was Las Palmas that registered the highest number of marital breakdown processes, a total of 745 (388 divorces agreed upon, 328 non-consensual divorces, 19 contentious separations and ten non-contentious separations) and Santa Cruz de Tenerife 714 ( 366 consensual divorces, 289 non-consensual, seven con-sensual separations and 52 non-consensual separations).

Separations and divorces decreased in Spain to 29,108 in the first quarter of 2018, 8.2 per cent less than in the same period of the previous year, when a total of 31,694 were registered.

By autonomous communi-ties, the highest rate of separations and divorces per 10,000 inhabitants occurred in the Valencian community, with 7.3; followed by the Balearic Islands, Catalonia, and Na-varra, with 6.7; Canary Islands, with 6.6; Andalusia and Asturias, with 6.5; and Castilla la Mancha and Murcia, with 6.3. Meanwhile, the lowest registered in Galicia, with 4.4; Castilla y León, with 4.9; and the Basque Country, with 5.2.