LAHORE - The unexpected alarming surge in the institution of cases for divorce on the basis of Khula has made it difficult for the family courts to follow the National Judicial Policy-Making Committee (NJMPC), a body supposed to chalk out various long and short-term measures for early disposal of the cases. The filing of divorce suits has witnessed an unprecedented surge over the last few years due to various factors like ever-rising unemployment and price-hike and monetary issues, in addition to the bad impact of entertainment channels, especially of Indian ones, revealed a survey conducted by TheNation. The process of getting minors custody is a separate issue but all that including the recovery of dowry-articles and custody of minors can be claimed through a single suit, which has a relief to the women. Advocate Muhammad Akbar Khan and others pointed out that family courts were overburdened with swelling pile of divorce suits. The courts are falling short of the goals, set by the National Judicial Policy according to which family cases including that of the custody of minors and recovery of dowry-articles should be decided within six months, they elaborated. A data collected from the courts showed horrible figures of suits, instituted for getting divorces. In the family court of Civil Judge Syed Naseer Abbas Naqvi, a total 1,116 cases for dissolution of marriage were instituted from January to August 2010, and 1,046 cases of separations were decided by the court during the said period. Similarly the family court of Civil Judge Tamsal Syed Naeem received 724 cases for the dissolution of marriage from January to July 2010. Some 141 cases of family matters were instituted in the court of Civil Judge Ayeshum Bint-e-Sadiq in the month of July 2010. Again 90 per cent of the cases were of the separations. More than 10 family courts are working in the City alone and the above-said data has been taken just from the three courts. To a question that does the infrastructure of family courts requires a facelift, some officials while requesting anonymity said, The volume of work in the family court here has increased manifold. The number of courts is inadequate to meet the workload. Similarly, the facilities for judges also need to be upgraded to enable them to optimise their output. Even facilities for lawyers and litigants are very poor. We need very strong budgetary support from the state. Advocate Iqbal Khursheed Mughal said that changed circumstances and the demands of a life after marriage did not let couples put up each other which mostly led to separations. Joint family system is yet another issue contributing to the dilemma of divorce, he said. The more the court marriages the more will rise ratio of divorce, said ex-district attorney Malik Ghulam-us-Sayedain. Most of the love marriages contracted during adolescence when come to realise the liabilities of life, face hardships that too when their parents are not with them, he said. Kind and friendly parenting can discourage this increasing trend of separations, he concluded.