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Fewer Religious Weddings and Divorces Take Place in Crisis-Stricken Greece

asfaleia_2015_7_29_17_57_16_b1Data from the First Instance Court of Athens show that divorces during the economic crisis have dropped significantly, while the same applies to religious weddings.
According to an Ethnos newspaper report, the judicial year before the crisis, 2008-2009, 9,986 applications for divorce were filed while 9,721 were filed from 2009-2010. After this period divorce applications continue to drop, with the lowest numbers of petitions filed in the 2013-2014 period with 6,078 and 2014-2015 with 5,333.
Fewer religious weddings
The economic crisis has repercussions on religious weddings as well, as couples have chosen civil weddings over more elaborate monastic matrimonial ceremony, for purposes of economic savings.
According to the report citing data from the Archdiocese of Athens, there is a slight decline of religious marriages in recent years, attributed mainly to financial problems and alternative forms of cohabitation.
According to Archdiocese of Athens records, in 2010 there were 3,261 religious weddings, while in 2014 and 2015 religious weddings dropped to 2,424 and 2,435 respectively.

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