Humanist marriages ‘least likely to end in divorce’

According to new figures, Scottish couples who chose a humanist wedding are less likely to divorce than those who had other types of marriage ceremony.

The statistics were revealed by BBC Radio 4’s Sunday programme, obtained from the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS).

Humanist weddings have been legal in Scotland since 2005 and are now reportedly more popular than Church of Scotland and Roman Catholic weddings combined.

In 2017-18, there were 5,702 humanist marriages in Scotland.

Northern Ireland legally recognised humanist weddings last year after a Court of Appeal ruling said it would breach human rights not to do so.

In England and Wales humanist ceremonies are permitted but do not carry legal recognition, meaning humanist couples must register their marriage civilly if they want to have a humanist wedding.


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