Couples who have this type of wedding are less likely to divorce

Anyone who is married or engaged knows that there are endless things to consider when planning your wedding, including which type of ceremony you and your partner will be having.

Traditionally, this decision has been down to your religious beliefs, and would therefore follow accordingly. However, as times have changed, modern society has allowed us to ditch conventional norms and do things our own way. And according to research, it has done wonders for decreasing divorce rates.

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According to newly released data, couples who have a humanist wedding, as opposed to tying the knot the religious or civil way, are the least likely to get divorced.

A document released by Humanist UK has highlighted that those who had humanist ceremonies in Scotland were almost four times less likely to go through a divorce than those who had civil marriages, two times less likely than Church of Scotland marriages, and three times less likely Roman Catholic marriages.

‘Overall, looking at marriages within the last fifteen years, 0.25% of couples who had a humanist marriage got divorced in 2017-18, compared to 0.84% of all other couples,’ reads the report by Humanist UK. ‘This stark difference remains regardless of duration of marriage.’

So, what exactly is a humanist wedding? As reported by Cosmopolitan, Humanist weddings are non-religious ceremonies conducted by a humanist celebrant.

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‘It differs from a civil wedding in that it is entirely hand-crafted and reflective of the humanist beliefs and values of the couple, and conducted by a celebrant who shares their beliefs and values,’ explains the Humanism.org.uk webiste.

These marriages have been legally recognised in Scotland since 2005, and the Republic of Ireland since 2012. Meanwhile they only became legal in Northern Ireland last year and couples who choose to have a humanist wedding in England and Wales are still forced to go through a civil wedding process for their marriage to be recognised by the law.

But things might change, as humanist weddings grow in popularity. In the months between 2017 and 2018, there were 14,702 civil ceremonies in Scotland, compared to 5,702 humanist, 3166 Church of Scotland and 1182 Roman Catholic.

And now that research has shown these marriages last longer, it’s likely that this number is only set to grow.