Italian marriages decrease, prenups on the rise

Five-year decline in first and second marriages, says ISTAT

(ANSA) Rome, November 12 - Less people are getting married in Italy and more of those who do are signing prenups, national statistics agency Istat reported on Wednesday.
    Marriages fell below the 200,000 count for the first time in 2013, with 194,057 marriages were registered, a decrease of more than 13,000 on 2012.
    Since 2008, Istat reported a decrease in marriages of more than 53,000. Also noted was a decrease in second marriages, though they have had an increase in the overall share from 13.8% in 2008 to 15.8% in 2013.
    Religious rite ceremonies accounted for 111,545 marriages, down 29% since 2008 Civil ceremonies accounted for 82,512 marriages, a 9% decrease since 2008. However civil ceremonies accounted for 42.5% of all 2013 marriages, an increase from 2008's 36.8%.
    Istat noted that civil ceremonies are more prevalent in Italy's north (55%) and center (51%).
    Istat's report also confirmed that two out of three marriages include a prenuptial agreement.


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