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March 30, 2011
New Data on Families in Scotland
From BBC News Scotland:
Divorces in Scotland have fallen to their lowest rate for 30 years, according to new data published by the registrar general.
The figures showed there were 9,893 divorces in 2009. The last time the figure was that low was in 1980 when 9,068 divorces were recorded.
The latest figures also showed that more people got married last year.
Weddings rose by 956 in 2010, although at 28,480, the figures remain low compared with previous decades.
Registrar General Duncan Macniven said the drop in divorces was partly due to a recent change in the law.
"This [decrease] is not unexpected - the Family Law (Scotland) Act 2006, which came into effect on 4 May 2006, reduced separation periods for divorce, so there was an increase of over 2,000 divorces in 2006, followed by decreases in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010.
The report also showed that just over half of all children in Scotland were born to unmarried parents, although the figure dropped from 50.3% in 2009 to 50.2% last year.
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