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Marriage and divorce statistics

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The Registrar General for Scotland has released the latest provisional figures for births, deaths, marriages and civil partnerships registered during the first quarter of 2012.

The figures show 14,218 deaths were registered in Scotland between January and the end of March 2012 – the lowest number of deaths recorded during the first quarter of the year for at least 100 years. This was 317 (2.2%) fewer than in the same period of 2011, which had previously shown the lowest total.

The provisional figures show a 1.1% increase in the number of births in the first quarter of 2012 compared to the same period of 2011. There were 124 more marriages than in the first quarter of 2011, an increase of 4%, and a drop of 15 in the number of civil partnerships, taking the total to 83.

The latest Annual Review of Demographic Trends, also produced by the Registrar General, gives additional information on family trends in Scotland. The figures show that in 2010, the latest year available, the number of divorces was 10,034, 3% (337) fewer than the 10,371 in 2009.

From 1971 there was a marked increase in the number of divorces up to a peak of 13,365 in 1985. The early 2000s saw a slight fall from the levels recorded in the late 1980s and 1990s - perhaps because more couples are cohabiting without getting married, since divorce proceedings are not necessary to sever such relationships.

In 2010 the median duration of marriage ending in divorce was 15 years, compared with 12 years in 1999 and eleven years in 1985. Again, this change is probably due to more couples cohabiting rather than getting married.

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Think-tank, the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ), has called for the current yardsticks for measuring child poverty to be scrapped and replaced with a range of new indicators reflecting the true causes of deprivation.

In a new report, the CSJ calls for a complete overhaul of the system, in which the accent would be on measuring the underlying causes of blighted young lives, such as family breakdown, welfare dependency and educational failure, rather than the symptoms of low relative income.

The CSJ suggests a new approach to computing poverty levels, taking into account a far wider range of variables, reflecting quality of life as well as quantity of income.

These include sources of income because income earned through work promotes the self-reliance and self-respect of families. Equally, family consumption rather than income might be a better indicator of poverty levels.

Other factors that should be taken into account include the ability to save, the quality of a child’s parenting and family stability, because children from broken homes are twice as likely to suffer behavioural problems than those from intact families.

Christian Guy, Managing Director of the CSJ, said: “Poverty is not just about income, it is about family breakdown, educational failure, intergenerational worklessness, addiction, serious personal debt and poor mental health.

“It is absolutely vital that any serious measure of poverty reflects this. It is wholly unacceptable for such high and deep-seated levels of poverty to exist in the UK today. Such poverty devastates our communities and destroys the life chances of our children.”

A recent survey from America by CouponCabin.com has found that it is important for couples to have an honest discussion about finance and spending habits before they decide to get married.

Around 48% of divorced or separated adults surveyed said they wish they had spent more time discussing finances before getting married, and 29% of those currently married said the same. Over 50% of divorced or separated adults said that if they had to do it all over again, they would definitely or probably get a prenuptial agreement to protect their finances.

When asked what they thought were the most important topics for soon-to-be married couples to discuss regarding their finances, respondents mentioned the following:


A recent study from America has found that many of the generation known as baby boomers (those currently aged 45 – 63) are facing a lonely old age.

According to the study, by Bowling Green State University’s National Center for Family and Marriage Research, one third of this age group is currently unmarried, which represents a 50% increase over people of the same age group in 1980. A third of these single baby boomers have never been married, and just 10% of them are widowed. The bulk of the remainder were married but are now divorced.

Researchers claim that marital status can have significant repercussions for people in their old age. Generally, people who are divorced will have greater financial resources and be healthier than those that are widowed or never married.

The group of baby boomers who never married are raising particular concern, because researchers claim that the chances of getting married for the first time in middle age are very low. This means that most of those boomers who have never married are likely to remain single for the rest of their lives.

“The shift in marital composition of the middle-aged suggests that researchers and policymakers can no longer focus on widowhood in later life and should pay attention to the vulnerabilities of the never-married and divorced as well,” said researcher Dr. I-Fen Lin.

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