Marriage rates see shocking fall, finds Marriage Foundation

27-Apr-2016

First marriage rates are now at an all-time low for brides at 25.6 per 1,000 single women, and equal to the previous all-time low seen in 2009 for grooms at 21.7 per 1,000 unmarried men. Also the average age at first marriage continues to climb.

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New CIVITAS report on marriage in Britain quotes Marriage Foundation

17-Feb-2016

Independent think tank CIVITAS has released an interesting report on the current state of marriage as an institution and as a social phenomena. The report quotes Marriage Foundation's original research.

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Golden anniversary couples 200 times more likely to live for a century than get a divorce

06-Feb-2016

Couples who have been married fifty years are over 200 times more likely to become centenarians than get a divorce, new research from Marriage Foundation has found.

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The context

Attitudes to marriage are shaped by people’s experiences of their own relationships, and those of their parents, peers and public figures. There is both an unexpected wealth and diversity of support for marriage, as well as more negative but resonant views. This is the milieu of influence within which the Marriage Foundation must work.

“I turn 76 in October and I have never been anywhere near marriage before. It took a long time for a bit of common sense to enter my befuddled brain.”

Michael Winner — BBC News 
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-14976529

 

“Before I got married, I didn’t hold any store by it. My parents were divorced when I was 11 and it made such a profound impression on my life that I suppose I thought that by not getting married, you could avoid your life being carved in two. But that changed.”

Richard E Grant — The Independent 
http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/how-we-met-richard-e-grant-and-joan-washington-1439383.html
 

“Now here is a message to those young aspiring men here tonight. I would remind you what it is to be a successful man, and what is one’s prize possession in life. It has absolutely nothing at all to do with money, academic achievement, or any material things. A real successful man puts the love of his wife and children first.”

Alan Sugar — The Daily Mail 

 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1018990/How-Sir-Alan-Sugar-celebrated-40th-wedding-anniversary-2m-party.html#ixzz1mT2lhtPX

“The truth is I believed that
 marriage traps you.”

Celia Imrie — The Daily Telegraph 
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/8441832/Celia-Imrie-the-screen-matriarch-who-couldnt-bear-to-be-married.html
 

“I don’t believe in marriage, certainly not in this business. The truth is that you get married and in a year or two they clean you out.”

Simon Cowell — The Daily Telegraph 
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/celebritynews/7399980/Even-Simon-Cowells-marriage-is-all-about-him.html

“I have been there and done that . . . . All it is, is a piece of paper.”

Jodie Kidd — The Daily Telegraph
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/active/8804373/Jodie-Kidd-says-marriage-is-more-than-a-piece-of-paper.html