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Humanist weddings less likely to end in couples divorcing

Scottish couples who get married in humanist ceremonies are nearly four times less likely to seek a divorce in the future than those who marry in other types of services, new figures have revealed. Those who choose a non-religious ceremony have a higher chance of staying together than couples who marry in Church of Scotland, Roman Catholic or civil services.

In Scotland, humanist weddings have been legal since 2005 and are more popular than Roman Catholic and Church of Scotland weddings combined. Figures from the Scottish Courts and Tribunal Service (SCTS) show that couples married in these types of ceremonies are three times less likely to divorce than those married in Roman Catholic ceremonies, more than two times less likely than those married in a Church of Scotland ceremony, and nearly four times less likely than those entering a civil marriage.

Humanist weddings are non-religious wedding ceremonies that afford couples the opportunity to get married in a location of their choosing, when they want and in a way that is entirely decided by them. You don't need to be a humanist to have a humanist wedding ceremony – anyone can choose to get married in this way.

In 2017-18, there were 5,702 humanist ceremonies conducted in Scotland. Humanist weddings are still to be legalised in England and Wales, but figures from a recent YouGov poll showed that almost seven out of 10 British adults support the introduction of legally recognised humanist weddings across the whole of the country.

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