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Figures show divorces in Scotland declined in 2010

Figures show divorces in Scotland declined in 2010

Instances of divorce have declined in Scotland over the duration of this year, it has been revealed.

Official figures published earlier this week (December 21st 2010) by the Scottish government have shown that the number of legal cases seeking a decree nisi over a marriage has dropped to its lowest level for 30 years in 2010, the Scotsman reports.

According to the data, there were 10,173 divorces north of the border in 2010, a total which represents a ten per cent decline on the figure posted one year previously, with the news source attributing this to factors such as the ongoing fall in marriage rates and the financial pressures caused by the global economic downturn.

Stuart Valentine - chief executive of Relationships Scotland, a charity which was formed by the merger of Relate Scotland and Family Mediation Scotland - commented that the smaller number of people getting married is "one of the key reasons" behind this trend.

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Posted by Richard Saunders