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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Positive benefits of marriage 

  • Higher incomes and greater accumulation of wealth (and avoiding the loss of income that tends to follow the breakdown of relationships) See, for example, Zagorsky, Marriage and Divorce’s Impact on Wealth

    http://jos.sagepub.com/content/41/4/406.short

  • Improved health and wellbeing. One study suggests that ‘the size of the health gain from marriage is remarkable -it may be as large as the benefit from giving up smoking’

    www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/economics/staff/academic/oswald/healthlong2005.pdf

  • Cohabiting people are significantly less happy in their relationships than married people, and children are happier when growing up with both biological parents (Understanding Society survey, ONS)

  • A typical finding of cross-national studies is that “much can be done to improve child wellbeing through economic and other supports where the institution of marriage has seriously weakened and cohabitation has become common. But even in nations that have the most extensive welfare measures, such as the Scandinavian countries and France, a substantial gap in child wellbeing remains between those children who grow up in intact families, and those who do not… all the evidence we have shows that individuals fare best, both in childhood and in later life, when they benefit from the economic and emotional investments of their natural parents who reside together continuously and cooperate in raising them.” Popenoe, D. 2009. Social Science and Public Policy. Vol 46, Number 5, pp. 429-436. 
    http://www.springerlink.com/content/h155411803161mv5/