Families are facing a significant crisis in this country, Seventh-Day Adventist pastor Clive Dottin says. Asked for a response yesterday to a statement by Chief Justice Ivor Archie that High Court filings for divorce are down, Dottin said more comprehensive research is required.
“Some people may refuse to go to the courts to resolve issues. One of the spouses may not have enough money to pay a lawyer to fast track the matter so there are several issues and I don’t think we should just jump and arrive at a conclusion to what the Chief Justice said. Let us do a comprehensive research that is required.”
Dottin continued, “I think we need to do a lot more research before we arrive at conclusions. There is a shift in values. We continue to experience a cultural shift in values but, I believe that cultural shift continues to hurt us.” Dottin said that he is seeing more and more single parents in society and a lot of young people are out of control.
He said there has been a significant increase in the acceptance of responsibility by churches and counsellors. “I know a number of churches have been involved. Our church has a marriage enrichment programme that is seeking to bring families together...”