The Times: "Revealed: shocking cost of divorce for children"

24-Nov-2014

Sir Paul Coleridge: "Children almost never perform at their highest potential when their emotional life is chaotic, and family breakdown is the arch contributor to that. How many more studies and statistics do we need before we all, including government,...

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Bleak prospects for teens who never marry, finds The Marriage Foundation

17-Nov-2014

Far fewer 20 year olds are predicted to marry than the previous generation; only 52 per cent of 20 year olds compared to 68 per cent of 40 year olds.

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The Sunday Times: "Marriage is a choice, a pledge, a commitment — it is a conscious decision with big life-enhancing powers"

27-Oct-2014

"To make that pledge in front of a posse of friends and family is particularly binding. Such vows are not broken lightly."

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UK lone parent capital of Western Europe

10-Oct-2014

Latest data shows the UK has the highest rate of family breakdown in Western Europe. Figures calculated by Eurostat, the EU’s primary statistics body, and uncovered by The Marriage Foundation show that, for the first time, the UK has the highest proporti...

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Our Vision

We want to see fewer relationships breaking down and more people forming healthy stable relationships.

This would mean fewer people being drawn into the family justice system – not the 500,000 each year as now.

Fewer children whose wellbeing and life chances are diminished.

Fewer people experiencing the emotional pain and financial costs of broken relationships.

And less cost to society – not the current £44 bn each year.

We believe that marriage can help build more stable relationships, and that marriages can be strengthened and helped to survive difficult times.

That’s why our mission is to be a national champion for marriage.


 

Our Aims

We champion long-lasting, stable relationships within marriage. 

There are other organisations which support couple relationships of all types; valuable work but not our mission. 

Governments cannot legislate stronger relationships into existence. Ultimately, more stronger and longer-lasting marriages will be a product of our individual choices, behaviour and culture. The Marriage Foundation will seek to influence the way individuals, couples and society as a whole think about forming, maintaining and ending relationships. We therefore aim to promote:

  • wider and earlier access to relationships support and education
  • better public understanding of the nature and benefits of marriage


How the Marriage Foundation makes a difference

The Marriage Foundation aims to create the climate and space for change by providing a focused, respected, and audible voice in public debate, alongside the promotion of relationship support and education. We will harness the passion and skills for the many individuals and organisations who believe that strengthening marriage will benefit society to ensure that our voice is heard.

Our regular, visible and respected presence in public debate – press, radio, tv and social media – will challenge many of the myths and false assumptions about marriage.

Improved signposting to a wide range of national and local relationships education and support providers will increase access to high quality services at an earlier stage.

We will publicise the latest research so that people are fully informed on all views of marriage, whilst our own rigorous research will inform debate on key aspects of marriage and couple relationships.

But ultimately we will make a difference by giving people the skills, knowledge and support to form stronger more stable relationships, and to help others in that task