Marriage rates collapse among middle classes


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


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


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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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


“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

“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

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

Celia Imrie — The Daily Telegraph

“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

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

Jodie Kidd — The Daily Telegraph