A survey of young women has shown the tendency of children whose parents are divorced to marry early rather than late.
According to the marriage and wedding survey, which was carried out by More magazine, more than eight out of ten young women with divorced or separated parents still dream of tying the knot, reports The Scotsman.
AdvertisementChantelle Horton, editor of More magazine, said: "Young women today no longer want to be party girls throughout their twenties only to reach their early thirties and find they've loved and lost Mr Right.
"They don't want to fall into the Bridget Jones syndrome. They want to marry and have their first child while their complexions are still youthful and dewy rather than botoxed and filled."
The survey of 2,000 women in their mid-twenties found 78 per cent said they still see marriage as the "ultimate commitment".
Horton said: "It's easier to fulfil their 'have it all' dream of marriage, parenthood and career while they're still young and full of energy.
"They no longer see living together or even having a child together as a firm commitment, they want marriage and life-long togetherness."
Scottish humanist celebrant Juliet Wilson, who married more than 70 couples last year, said: "These days there is no social stigma about not being married, but I think people still very much want to get married. The difference these days, particularly with people who choose humanist ceremonies, is that people get married for their own reasons, which in some ways is more meaningful."
Stuart Valentine, chief executive of Relationships Scotland, said: "Whilst today there are many different family arrangements that provide both love and stability without a ceremonial commitment, marriage still remains a powerful idea in the minds of many people in Scotland and many people still do get married.
"Even where people have experienced the divorce of their own parents, they often remain hopeful for their own relationships and may see marriage as being a central part of their future."