Up to 1.8 million children endure family breakdown as trend away from marriage intensifies


Over the last thirty five years, nearly two million more children have been born into families that are breaking down as a result of the trend away from marriage, Marriage Foundation has found.

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UK still top in Western Europe for family breakdown


For the second year running, Britain hangs onto the unwelcome top spot for family breakdown across Western Europe.

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First comes love, then comes marriageā€¦ tying the knot before first baby is a key ingredient for marriage success


In the first ever UK study of its kind, new research from Marriage Foundation, a think tank dedicated to building stronger families, has found that the recipe for relationship success lies in making the decision to commit before starting a family.

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Couples who stay together enjoy degree-equivalent boost to income


Staying together can have the same positive impact on subsequent income as having a degree, a new study by Marriage Foundation has found.

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Marriage Foundation hails six years of marriage stability


New figures from the Office for National Statistics show the proportion of married families in Britain has been stable for the last six years.

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May 2015

Alan Rickman and Rima Horton
Alan "Severus Snape" Rickman as announced that he has tied the knot with his partner of 50 years, Rima Horton.

Rickman said, "We are married. Just recently. It was great, because no one was there. After the wedding in New York we walked across the Brooklyn Bridge and ate lunch."

After 50 years of being committed to each other without marriage, the decision to marry may have been less about the public commitment to stand by each other and more about the significant legal benefits to being married.

A spouse, unlike an unmarried partner, will automatically be considered the next of kin of their partner, and marriage gives greater protection in intestacy cases. Some pension schemes will also be unsuitable for unmarried partners.

Congratulations to the happy couple. We wish you many more years of happiness together.

L-R John Humphries, Samantha Singer, Susan Jacklin QC, Kate Spicer, Dr Samantha Callan, Sir Paul Coleridge.

The Marriage Foundation and Sunday Times debate, "Is there a difference between marriage and cohabitation: should all cohabiting couples be treated the same?", was held on 8th January 2015. You can see the video of the debate here.


Marriage Foundation Manifesto

Marriage Foundation has launched its manifesto, which sets out five urgent policies for all parties at the election:

1. A Cabinet level Minister for Families and Family Breakdown

2. A tax and benefits system that supports marriage and sustained relationships

3. Fund and promote relationships education for both children and adults

4. Modernise family law

5. Unashamedly champion marriage as the gold standard for all and eradicate entrenched myths

Click here to read the whole manifesto.

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