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Glasgow Divorce Rates Revealed in Latest Study

A new survey from the Scottish Government has revealed the full extent of divorce in the country with the study hoping to gain insights into the lives of Scots by surveying more than 20,000 people.

The investigation revealed that divorce rates in Glasgow are higher than the national average with rates being 3.6%, slightly above the 2.8% national average. Despite the fact that the area is above the national average, Glasgow ranks behind Shetland, South Lanarkshire and Perth and Kinross as the area with the highest divorce rate.

Getting a Divorce Scotland

When getting a divorce in Scotland, proceedings will start with a separation agreement which will cover what will happen to assets, property and even children as part of the split. While such agreements can be beneficial, such an agreement is likely to be upheld in court, thus we strongly advise you to go through a skilled solicitor before signing such an agreement.

Many people believe that getting a divorce will be quick and straightforward. However, there are many issues that can arise as a result of the breakdown of a relationship, thus we strongly advise you to contact our team of legal experts.

Increase in Cohabitation Rates

The collection of data came from the Scottish Survey’s Core Questions which pooled together three major studies which found that despite a higher range of divorced couples, Glasgow and the surrounding area had one of the highest rates for non-married people. In the city, 47.2% of people described themselves as “never married singles”.

The study also found that there has been a marked rise in the number of cohabitating couples living in the country in general, which in turn is leading to a decrease in the marriage rate. In 2012, there were 5.9 million people cohabiting in the UK, with many predicting the number to continue to grow. The 2012 rate was more than double the 1996 figure implying that cohabitation is becoming one of the norms of modern society.

The Importance of a Cohabitation Agreement

While more people are opting to cohabit, the law does not offer those living together the same protection as those who are married. Therefore, a cohabitation agreement can be exceptionally beneficial for those who are living together. With more people moving in later on in life, such an agreement can fence off assets that you may have earned as an individual. A cohabitation agreement can also ensure protection if your partner dies or that if the relationship does breakdown. While some people believe that a cohabitation agreement is not needed, such documents can be exceptionally beneficial in the breakdown of a relationship.

Expert Family Solicitors in Paisley and Glasgow

If you require the advice of our expert lawyers regarding any matter of family law, whether it be to begin divorce proceedings or to create a cohabitation agreement, our team of solicitors can help. Contact our team today using our online contact form today.  

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