Marriage rates collapse among middle classes

21-Aug-2015

The middle classes are turning their backs on marriage in their droves, Marriage Foundation has found in research published today. Data shows that the trend away from marriage is now spreading from low income groups to families on middle incomes.

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Marriage inequality between rich and poor soars to all-time high

20-Aug-2015

New data analysed by Marriage Foundation shows an alarming widening of the marriage gap between rich and poor. Marriage Foundation found mothers with young children are four times more likely to be married if they are wealthy than if they are poor.

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Channel 4’s ‘Married at First Sight’ is no recipe for success

03-Jul-2015

On Thursday 9th July, Channel 4 will be showing the first of a three part series entitled Married at first sight. In what the makers describe as a social experiment, three couples will marry, having met for the first time just a few hours before they wal...

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Initial Projects

 "Becoming the Go-to Destination”: promoting access to support by growing our presence on the web


Most people still aspire to marriage, but many slide into relationships that prove unstable, lack the skills for healthy relationships and don’t access help. We want to see more people accessing high quality relationship support and education at all stages of their relationship. There are many excellent providers of relationships education and marriage support. The Marriage Foundation will not be a service provider itself, but a key element in the growth of our website will be developing our presence as the “go-to destination”, signposting to existing services and working with providers to promote better access to services on a national basis. 

“Making the case for marriage”: building a reputation through informed comment and authoritative research

Myths such as marriage being “only a piece of paper” or “common-law marriage” exists need to be vigorously challenged in public debate. In becoming the first stop for comment on marriage, improving public understanding of the nature and benefits of healthy marriages and influencing people’s choices and behaviour, the Marriage Foundation is seeking to build the capacity to engage in debate across all media. “Data-mining” research from the Census, panel surveys and longitudinal studies has the potential to address, in new and exciting ways, many of the current debates including differences in fathers’ engagement with children following the breakdown of cohabitations and divorces, or variation in the stability of different types of relationship. Short, focused research drawing on these data sets will provide the basis for much of our media work.

“Mind the Marriage Gap”: developing a practical programme for young people

Many young people, especially those from poorer backgrounds, start out aspiring to marriage but cannot realise their dreams. They may lack role models, come to believe that “marriage is not for people like us”, or mistakenly believe that cohabitation is a safer alternative to marriage. To avoid the growing risk of the “marriage gap” the Marriage Foundation will bring together those with experience of working with young people to devise ways of building better understanding of the nature and benefits of marriage and how they can be realised. Investment in social media, viral videos, sessional youth work and mentoring programmes will be some of the methods pursued.