The Sunday Times: Marshmallow or marriage? The greatest test of a human being


It’s tempting to think of marriage as old-fashioned. Why not just live with someone and be done with it? Yet it survives. All kinds of practical benefits seem associated with being married, writes Alain de Botton

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Tie the knot to boost children’s mental health, couples told


New research by Marriage Foundation shows that marriage significantly improves the self-esteem of teenagers and improves their life chances. Children with parents in a stable long-term cohabiting relationship did not see any benefit.

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Marriage Foundation in the news

Marriage Foundation's Report: Marriage boosts self-esteem for teenage boys and girls

[Press release here]

The Telegraph, 29th May 2016
By John Bingham, Social Affairs Editor: Parents’ marital status ‘boosts children’s self-esteem’

The Sun, 29th May 2016

By Hannah Ferrett: Kids with married parents are happier and have higher self-esteem, says research

Express, 29th May 2016
By Sarah O'Grady: REVEALED - The happiest of children have married parents

Daily Mail, 30th May 2016
By Vanessa Allen: Children of married parents have highest self-esteem, says new research

Western Journalism, 30th May 2016
By Scott Mason: New Study Shows Marriage Has Profound Effect On Children

Catholic Herald, 31 May 2016

Children with married parents have higher self-esteem than those from other families, study shows

Christian Today, 31 May 2016
Children of married parents have higher self-esteem - study

Family Studies, 9th June 2016
By Harry Benson: UK teens with married parents have higher self-esteem

Marriage Foundation Press Comment: Financial exploitation of marriage

The Sunday Times, 1st May 2016
By Mark Macaskill: Bishop; greed to blame for marriage dip

Marriage Foundation Press Release: Marriage rates see shocking fall

[Press release here]

The Telegraph, 27th April 2016
By John Bingham, Social Affairs Editor: Superstition could have caused drop in weddings in 2013 according to Office for National Statistics

Daily Mail, 27th April 2016

Superstition theory as number of marriages falls 8.6% in 2013

Express, 27th April 2016
By Sarah O'Grady: REVEALED; Why fewer people are getting married - is it down to the number 13?

Daily Mail, 28th April 2016
By Matt Dathan, Political Correspondent: The number of marriages tumbled in 2013 because couples were worried that the year was JINXED

Premier, 28th April 2016
By Hannah Tooley: 8.6% fall in marriages an "epidemic", says Christian marriage expert

Marriage Foundation Press Comment: Government report finds married couples more likely to have successful family

Daily Mail, 26th April 2016
By Steve Doughty, Social Affairs Correspondent: Why children who have married parents thrive - Government report says couples who wed are more likely to raise a successful family 

Marriage Foundation Press Comment: Pros and cons of combining finances

The Sunday Times, 24th April 2016
By Anna Mikhailova: What’s mine is yours - you can bank on it

Marriage Foundation Press Comment: Children stay in the family home after divorce

The Times, 20th April 2016
By Rosemary Bennett, Social Affairs Correspondent: Children of divorce get to keep the house

Marriage Foundation Press Comment: Digital divorces

Daily Mail, 1st March 2016
By Steve Doughty, Social Affairs Correspondent: Digital divorces are now just a click away: Couples to split up using laptops or mobiles in 2017 

IOL South Africa, 1st March 2016
By Steve Doughty: Couples could get divorced online

Independent, 2nd March 2016
By Simon Kelner: Digital divorce must be better than a Dickensian duel

Marriage Foundation Press Comment: Leap year marriages are more likely to fail

The Telegraph, 29th February 2016
By Winnie Agbonlahor: Leap year marriages are more likely to fail, think-tank warns

Marriage Foundation Press Comment: Couples who divorce likely to regret it five years on

The Sun, 9th February 2016
By Alison Maloney: Getting a divorce? You could regret that in five years' time

The Guardian, 11th February 2016
By Sarah Marsh: Life after divorce - what it really feels like to end a marriage

The Telegraph, 16th February 2016
By Eleanor Doughty: Been married 50 years? You won't be divorcing any time soon

Daily Mail, 18th February 2016
By Polly Dunbar: Getting divorced saved our marriage. They had bitterly painful splits - then realised they couldn't live without each other

Marriage Foundation's Report: Vanishing Divorce

The Sunday Times, 7th February 2016
By Nicholas Hellen, Social Affairs Editor: Love formula shows chance of living happily ever after

Daily Star Online, 7th February 2016 By Joe Kasper: How long will YOUR relationship last? Scientists think THIS formula can predict...

The New Zealand Herald , 8th February 2016
By Steve Doughty: Risk of divorce drops with every year of marriage

Scottish Daily Mail, 8th February 2016
By Steve Doughty: Risk of divorce drops with every year of marriage

The Sun Online, 8th February 2016
By Alana Moorhead: Scientific formula claims to be able to predict how long your relationship will last

IOL South Africa, 10th February 2016
By Steve Doughty: Study casts doubt on 'silver splitter' trend

Marriage Foundation's Report: Celebrity divorce rates

The Telegraph, 4th January 2016
By Josh Bingham: End of the fairytale: celebrity couples twice as likely to divorce

The Daily Mail, 4th January 2016
By Steve Doughty: Celebrity marriages are twice as likely to end in divorce: Half of famous couples who married between 2000 and 2010 had split up by 2014

Westfield times, 4th January 2016
Superstar marriages are twice as more likely to finish in divorce: Half of well-known couples who married between 2000 and 2010 had cut up up by 2014

Daily Sabah, 5th January 2016
Celebrity marriages twice as likely to split, compared to everyone else

Marriage Foundation's Report: Happy Families - Men Behaving Better

The Sunday Times, 27th December 2015
By Nicholas Hellen: Fewer women seek divorce as men shape up

The Daily Mail, 27th December 2015
By Isabel Hunter: Fewer women are seeking divorce as men behave less badly: Number of wives seeking split drops by half since the mid 1980s 

The Guardian, 28th December 2015
By Caroline Davies: Divorce inquiries predicted to rise more than 300% in January

The Sun, 28th December 2015
By Katie Hodge: Blokes triumph as fewer new wives file for early divorce within five years

New Zealand Herald, 28th December 2015
Divorces drop as men 'get better at housework'

Herald Sun, 29th December 2015
Divorces less likely

The Courier Mail, 29th December 2015
Wives more satisfied as husbands wise up: Study

Daily Times, 29th December
Number of wives seeking split drops by half since the mid 1980s : Fewer women are seeking divorce as men behave less badly

IOL South Africa, 4th January 2016
By Rosie Taylor: More housework a stronger marriage makes

Marriage Foundation Press Comment: The impact divorce has on children at Christmas

The Daily Mail, 23rd December 2015
By Sir Paul Coleridge: 'I've seen the cruelty divorced parents inflict on children at Christmas - and it's obscene,' Devastating verdict of top judge SIR PAUL COLERIDGE who sat in family courts for over a decade

Parent Herald, 23rd December 2015
By Jerico Ngo: The Effects Of Divorce On Children During The Holiday Season

Marriage Foundation Press Comment: Divorced parents should act like grown-ups

The Guardian, 6th December 2015
By Yvonne Roberts: Yes Tiger Woods, divorced parents must act like grown-ups

Marriage Foundation Press Comment: Why 1986 was the worst year to get married

The Daily Mail, 1st December 2015
By Steve Doughty: Why 1986 was the worst year to get married

The Independent, 1st December 2015
By Emma Henderson: Almost half of all couples who married in 1986 and 1988 will divorce 

Daily Star, 2nd December 2015
Bride 'n doom

PPcorn, 3rd December 2015
Divorce Rates at an All-Time Low, Says New Study


Marriage Foundation Press Comment: Divorce rates lowest in 40 years

The Telegraph, 23rd November 2015
By John Bingham and Ashley Kirk: Divorce rate at lowest level in 40 years after cohabitation revolution

The Daily Mail, 24th November 2015
By Martin Robinson: Divorce rate down to lowest level in a decade but couples are spending almost £3BILLION a year on marriages that will fail

Marriage Foundation Press Comment: Resolution's survey on children of divorce

The Daily Mail, 23rd November 2015
By Steve Doughty: Guess who claims divorce is good for children - divorce lawyers, of course! Fury after report claims unhappy parents should split rather than patch up rocky marriage 


Marriage Foundation Press Comment: Age of new parents at record high

The Telegraph, 16th November 2015
By John Bingham: Births within wedlock on course to become a minority

The Daily Mail, 16th November 2015
By Matt Chorley: More babies born to women over 35 than under-25s for the first time as the average age of mothers tops 30

The Times, 17th November 2015
By Rosemary Bennett: Over-35s have more babies than under-25s

Marriage Foundation's Report: Out of the Blue - Family Breakdown in the UK

[Press release here]

The Sunday Times, 1st November 2015

By Nicholas Hellen: "No marital tiffs last year? Then divorce looms"

The Australian, 1st November 2015
"No fight? Divorce may be looming"

The Telegraph, 3rd November 2015

By Sadie Levy Gale: "Five surprising signs you're heading for a divorce"

Marilyn Stowe Blog, 3rd November 2015
"Most divorces sudden, Marriage Foundation claims"

Times Live, 4th November 2015

By Sadie Levy Gale: "The tell-tale signs of impending divorce"

The New Zealand Herald, 4th November 2015

By Sadie Levy Gale: "Peace in morning, couple's warning"

Marriage Foundation's Report: Middle classes shun marriage

[Press release here]

The Daily Mail, 23rd August 2015

By Eleanor Harding: "Decline of marriage for the middle class: Only three in five couples now tie the know compared to 84% 20 years ago"

Family Law Week, 23rd August 2015
Marriage rates collapse among middle classes, says Marriage Foundation

The Telegraph, 24th August 2015

By Hanna Furness: "Middle classes 'turning away from marriage'"

Marie Claire, 24th August 2015
By Sophie Tighe: "Is marriage on the way out?"

Daily Mail, 25th August 2015
By Libby Purves: "When even the middle classes shun marriage, our social cement truly is crumbling"

The Times, 25th August 2015
By Robert Crampton: "Come on men, admit it: marriage makes sense"

Marriage Foundation's Report: The marriage gap - The rich get married (and stay together). The poor don't.

[Press release here]

The Telegraph, 22nd August 2015
By Patrick Sawer: "Wealthy four times more likely to marry than the poor"

The Times, 24th August 2015
By Rosemary Bennett: "Poor couples turning backs on marriage"

The Guardian, 24th August 2015
By Nash Riggins: "Marriage is like a monstrous and costly Disney panto, but it's worth it"

National Deseret News, 25th August 2015
By Herb Scribner: "Why the rich are more likely to get married than the poor" 

Church Times, 28th August 2015
By Madeleine Davies: "'Liberal elite' accused of hypocrisy on marriage"

Marriage Foundation Press Comment: New divorce centres

The Times, 19th June 2015
by Frances Gibb: "Divorce centres make splitting up as simple as getting a TV licence"

Daily Mail, 22nd June 2015
"As easy as applying for a television licence: New divorce centres to take proceedings out of the courts and revolutionise how couples end their marriage"

The Times, 23rd June 2015
by Frances Gibb: "Judge attacks new ‘paper-shuffling’ divorce centres"

The Telegraph, 23rd June 2015
by Harry Wallop: "Why quickie divorces are a good idea'"

Marriage Foundation Press Release: Up to 1.8 million children endure family breakdown as trend away from marriage intensifies

[Press release here]

The Times, 27th April 2015
by Rosemary Bennett, Social Affairs Correspondent: "Family breakdowns are blamed on the decline of marriage"

The Telegraph, 27th April 2015
by Gregory Walton: "Most births will be 'out of wedlock within 10 years'"

Daily Mail, 27th April 2015
by Harriet Crawford: "Majority of babies 'will be born out of wedlock by 2025' as number of couples deciding to marry declines"

Nottingham Post, 27th April 2015
by Jemma Page: "Majority of babies will be 'born out of wedlock within 10 years' according to experts"

Marriage Foundation Press Release: First comes love, then comes marriage… tying the knot before first baby is a key ingredient for marriage success

[Press release here]

The Times, 9th March 2015
by Rosemary Bennett, Social Affairs Correspondent: "Most marriages doomed to fail if the couple already have child"

The Telegraph, 9th March 2015
by John Bingham, Social Affairs Editor: "Getting married before having children ‘boosts chances of staying together’ – study"

Daily Mail, 9th March 2015
by Steve Doughty, Social Affairs Correspondent: "What a surprise! Marry before having kids and you're less likely to split: Three quarters of couples who wed before their first child are still together 15 years later"

Irish Independent, 9th March 2015
by Patricia Murphy: "Couples who marry before having children are significantly more likely to stay together"

The Pulse, Nigeria, 9th March 2015
by Bukky Sanni: "Getting married before having children reduces risk of splitting"

Christian Today, 9th March 2015
by Lucinda Borkett-Jones: "Couples who marry before having children are more likely to stay together – study"

Marilyn Stowe Blog, 9th March 2015
"Marriage before children is ‘key to marital success’"

Huffington Post Italy, 9th March 2015 (Italian)
"Il matrimonio è destinato a fallire se la coppia ha già un figlio. Ecco perché"

Die Frei Welt, 9th March 2015 (German)
"Studie: Heirat stabilisiert Beziehung"

Herald Scotland, 10th March 2015
by Colette Douglas, Home Columnist: "Without being judgmental, marriage is the bond that lasts - and works", 10th March 2015 (Russian)
"Чтобы сохранить семью, нужно пожениться!"

Times Live, South Africa, 10th March 2015
"'Marriage before baby in carriage' is recipe for success"

Huffington Post Canada, 10th March 2015
by Joy D'Souza: "Marriage Before Kids Might Be Key To Marital Success"

The Blaze, 10th March 2015
by Billy Hallowell: "The Key ‘Marriage’ Decision That Reportedly Has a Major Impact on Couples’ Chances of Staying Together"

Christian Institute, 10th March 2015
"Marriage before children is best, new study finds"

Cvandaag, 11th March 2015 (Dutch)
by Paulien de Graaf: "Duurzame relatie: eerst trouwen, dan kinderen"

The Times, 11th March 2015
by Carol Midgley: "Research tells me my marriage is doomed"

Cherry Radio, 11th March 2015 (Vietnamese)
"Hôn nhân dễ tan vỡ nếu có con trước khi cưới", 13th March 2015 (Polish)
"Małżeństwa zawarte przed narodzinami dziecka są trwalsze"

Blog of the Institute for Family Studies, 16th March 2015
by Harry Benson: "Put Marriage Before the Baby Carriage: Evidence from the UK"

Massachusetts Family Institute, 20th March 2015
"Get married BEFORE you have children."

Marriage Foundation Press Comment: Children living with both parents

[See DWP press release here]

The Times, 1st March 2015
by Rosemary Bennett: "Rise in number of children living with both parents"

Daily Mail, 5th March 2015
by Steve Doughty and James Chapman, Political Editor: "Seven out of 10 children now live with both parents after rise in couples staying together"

Marriage Foundation Manifesto

[See the Manifesto here]

The Good Right, 1st March 2015
by Tim Montgomerie: "Can we put marriage back at the heart of public policy?"

Daily Mail, 1st March 2015
by Hannah Parry: "Couples who stay together can boost their income by an average 35%"

Marriage Foundation Press Release: Couples who stay together enjoy degree-equivalent boost to income

[Press release here]

Sunday Times, 1st March 2015
by Nicholas Hellen, Social Affairs Editor: "Honey, if we stick together, we earn more"

Daily Mail, 1st March 2015
by Hannah Parry: "Couples who stay together can boost their income by an average 35%"

Marriage Foundation Press Comment: Wedding law reform

Daily Mail, 13th January 2015
by Steve Doughty: "And the bride wore... nothing! Nude weddings may be legalised in rethink of marriage laws that could also allow couples to marry in their own home"

Daily Mail, 18th January 2015
by Matt Chorley, Political Editor: "You can leave your wedding hat on! Minister rules out legalising NAKED marriage ceremonies"

Metro, 19th January 2015
by Alison Lynch: "Minister says he has ‘no intention’ of legalising naked weddings"

Marriage Foundation and Sunday Times debate: "Is there a difference between marriage and cohabitation?"

[Blog posts here and here]

Daily Mail, 24th December 2014
by Steve Doughty: "Cohabiting couples should not be given 'married' rights because it sends out the wrong message, says top family court judge"

Sunday Times, 28th December 2014
by Francesca Angelini: "Season of ding-dongs and merry hell"

Sunday Times, 4th January 2015
by Giles Hattersley: "No ring? No rights"

The Guardian, 5th January 2015
by Zoe Williams: "It’s divorce day – let’s bust some marriage myths"

LinkedIn Pulse, 9th January 2015
by Angharad Lynn: "Sunday Times cohabitation debate"

Simpson Millar Blog, 9th January 2015
by Carol Chrisfield: "Marriage Rights and Cohabitees – Should The Law Change?"

The Times, 10th January 2015
by Rosemary Bennett, Social Affairs Correspondent: "Married couples ‘should get milestone tax breaks’"

The Telegraph, 10th January 2015
by John Bingham, Social Affairs Editor: "‘Milestone tax breaks’ idea for married couples who stay together longer"

Daily Mail, 10th January 2015
by Steve Doughty: "Senior judge says married couples who stay married should get a tax break - and those who divorce should be penalised"

Marilyn Stowe Blog, 12th January 2015
"Former family judge: give tax breaks for long marriages"

Marriage Foundation report: One in three children face Christmas without both parents

The Times, 18th December 2014
by Rosemary Bennett, Social Affairs Correspondent: "Santa is single for one child in three"

Marriage Foundation press release: Better and better off apart

The Telegraph, 8th December 2014
by John Bingham, Social Affairs Editor: "George Osborne accused of actively discouraging marriage"

Daily Mail, 8th December 2014
by Daniel Martin, Whitehall correspondent: "Tax penalty on couples 'made worse by George Osborne': Campaigners say parents will still be encouraged to live apart by changes to tax credits system"

Marilyn Stowe Blog, 8th December 2014
"Osborne’s Autumn Statement ‘discourages marriage’"

Marriage Foundation press comment: Four in ten 11-year-olds have seen their parents break up

The Telegraph, 28th November 2014
by John Bingham, Social Affairs Editor: "Collapse of the two-parent family"

Daily Mail, 28th November 2014
by Steve Doughty: "Four in ten 11-year-olds have seen their parents break up: Modern youngsters four times as likely to see family collapse as those in the 1960s"

Marriage Foundation press comment: Divorce’s toll on children

[Blog post here]

The Times, 24th November 2014
by Frances Gibb, Legal Editor: "Revealed: shocking cost of divorce for children"

Daily Mail, 24th November 2014
by Francesca Infante: "Children of divorce 'more likely to drink, fail exams, develop eating disorders and do drugs'"

Marriage Foundation press release: Divided Nation

[Press release here; Report here; blog post here]

Daily Mail, 18th November 2014
by James Bartholomew: "How the Welfare State wrecked marriage"

The Telegraph, 18th November 2014
by Andrew Lilico: "Why debt-fuelled spending on Christmas and weddings is humbug"

Marilyn Stowe Blog, 18th November 2014
"Will broken homes become the norm?"

The Telegraph, 17th November 2014
by John Bingham, Social Affairs Editor: "Young twice as likely to face family breakdown as parents’ generation"

Daily Mail, 17th November 2014
by Steve Doughty: "Only one in 20 unwed parents will stay together until their first-born is 15 and less than half of today's 20-year-olds will marry"

Marriage Foundation press comment: Parental conflict

[Blog post here]

The Times, 7th November 2014
by Rosemary Bennett, Social Affairs Correspondent: "Go on, have a blazing row — it’s good for the kids"

Marriage Foundation press comment: Marriage of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie

[Blog post here]

Sunday Times, 26th October 2014
by Eleanor Mills: "Saying ‘I do’ matters for Brad and me"

Marriage Foundation press release: "UK lone parent capital of Western Europe"

[Press release here; report here]

Daily Mail, 10th October 2014
by Steve Doughty: "Now we're the single parent capital of Western Europe: One in four British children now live with lone mother or father"

Christian Institute, 17th October 2014
"UK is lone parent capital of Western Europe"

Marriage Foundation press comment: Happy wife, happy life

The Telegraph, 7th September 2014
by John Bingham, Social Affairs Editor: "The Nora Batty effect: how a happy wife means a happy life"

Times Online, 17th September 2014
by Lois M. Collins: "Woman's happiness most important to having a successful marriage"

Marriage Foundation press comment: The myth of the good divorce

[Blog post here]

Daily Mail, 3rd September 2014
by Steve Doughty: "Amicable divorce 'is just as damaging for children': Impact of a split on youngsters is same if couple remain friends or not"

Christian Institute, 7th September 2014
"No such thing as a ‘good divorce’, says US study"

Times Leader: Beating Poverty

The Times, 19th August 2014
"The prime minister is right to believe that job creators, teachers and parents underpin the good society"

Marriage Foundation press comment: "Before I Do"

Sunday Times, 24th August 2014
by Nicholas Hellen, Social Affairs Editor: "Happy wives have fewer notches on the bedpost"

The Australian, 25th August 2014
"Some can’t be satisfied: multiple partners points to marriage misery for women, researchers say"

Marriage Foundation press comment: 400,000 children not living with both parents

Christian Institute, 7th August 2014
"Almost 400,000 kids not living with both parents, stats reveal"

Marriage Foundation press comment: Adultery

London Live TV, 16th July 2014
"Affairs different when children are involved?"

Marriage Foundation press comment: Cheryl Cole's second marriage

[Blog post here]

BT News, 14th July 2014
by Nel Staveley: "Second time lucky, Cheryl"

Marriage Foundation press comment: Marriage Boom

[Blog post here]

The Telegraph, 11th June 2014
by John Bingham, Social Affairs Editor: "Marriage boom as Britain experiences the feel-good factor"

Daily Mail, 11th June 2014
by Matt Chorley and Steve Doughty: "Rise of the VERY old romantics: Weddings among over-65s jump by 25% in a year as marriage comes back into fashion"

Marriage Foundation press release: "Nearly half of today’s 20 year olds will never marry"

[Press release here; report here, blog post here]

Daily Mail, 9th June 2014
by James Chapman: "Why half of today's 20-year-olds will never get married: How young couples are more likely to cohabit than tie the knot"

The Telegraph, 9th June 2014
by James Edgar: "Half of 20-year-olds will never marry in 'devastating' trend"

Marilyn Stowe Blog, 10th June 2014
"Half of young people “will never marry”"

il, 10th June 2014 (Italian)
"La generazione single Quella metà del mondo che non si sposerà mai"

Daily Mail, 12th June 2014
by Linda Kelsey: "As research predicts most 20-somethings will never wed I fear my two divorces have put my son off marriage for life"

Global Legal Post, 12th June 2014
by Shannon Sweeney: "No marriage for half of 20-year-olds"

Voice of Russia, 15th June 2014
"Marriage on the decline but "'happily ever after' still has deep appeal"", 15th June 2014 (Czech)
"Manželství se dostává na druhou kolej"

Voice of Russia debate, 29th June 2014
"Is marriage in the UK on the decline?"

The Telegraph, 21st July 2014
"Will Generation Y ever tie the knot?"

New Zealand Herald, 19th June 2015
by Jill Goldson: "When marriage talk ruins a relationship"

Sir Paul Coleridge's first post-retirement interviews

Sunday Times, 18th May 2014
by David Leppard: "Senior judge attacks chief justice"

Sunday Times, 18th May 2014
by David Leppard: "What would they do next — hang me?"

Daily Mail, 18th May 2014
by Ian Drury: "High Court judge who spoke out in favour of marriage says he would have been 'publicly hanged' if he had spoken out again"

Sky News, 18th May 2014 [Transcript]

The Times, 19th May 2014
by Frances Gibb: "Judge attacks colleagues over ‘chronic fear of risk’"

Victoria Derbyshire, BBC Radio 5 Live, 19th May 2014
At 07.20 - 36.05

Jeremy Vine, BBC Radio 2, 19th May 2014
At 01.09.40 - 01.28.55

MF Press Comment: Disappearing Stepfamilies

The Telegraph, 9th May 2014
by John Bingham, Social Affairs Editor: "Britain’s vanishing stepfamilies"

MF Press Comment: "Marriage at First Sight"

The Express, 8th May 2014
by Sarah Ann Harris: "Controversial 'Married At First Sight' show slammed as 'nonsense' by experts"

The Telegraph, 8th May 2014
by Hannah Furness, Arts Correspondent: "Channel 4 accused of trivialising marriage as strangers wed for new show"

The Times, 9th May 2014
by Alex Spence, Media Editor: "First sex in the studio, now strangers marry on sight"

International Business Times, 9th May 2014
by Ben Skipper: "Married at First Sight: Strangers Get Hitched in New Channel 4 Show"

Daily Mail, 9th May 2014
by Laura Cox: "Channel 4 slammed by marriage campaigners over reality show that will see two strangers wed before being asked if they want to divorce six weeks later"

Canada Free Press, 10th May 2014
by David C. Jennings: "Marriage at First Sight - where British strangers get married on TV"

Malta Independent, 10th May 2014
"TV show: Couples to wed minutes after meeting, can divorce after 6 weeks"

Sir Paul Coleridge retires to focus on the Marriage Foundation

BBC News, 17th April 2014
"High Court judge Sir Paul Coleridge calls for end to family breakdown 'misery'"

The Telegraph, 17th April 2014
By Claire Carter: "Judge Sir Paul Coleridge retires and calls for end to family breakdown"

Daily Mail, 17th April 2014
By Daniel Martin, Whitehall Correspondent: "I can't just sit and watch the misery of divorce, says judge as he quits"

Belfast Telegraph, 17th April 2014
"Stop family breakdown, says judge"

The Times, 18th April 2014
By Frances Gibb, Legal Editor: "Rebel tells judges to speak out against family breakdown"

The Telegraph, 18th April 2014
The Telegrah View: "No justice for this judge"

Marilyn Stowe Blog, 23rd April 2014
"High Court judge Sir Paul Coleridge retires"

Christian Institute Blog, 23rd April 2014
"Top judge: ‘Stem the tide’ of family breakdown"

Law Gazette, 5th May 2014
by Joshua Rozenberg: "Breaking with the past"

MF Press Comment: ONS data on living arrangements and marital status

The Express, 28th March 2014
By Sarah O'Grady: "How 15.7m Britons are saying 'I don't' to marriage"

Daily Mail, 28th March 2014
BySteve Doughty, Social Affairs Correspondent: "Why divorcees like to be by the sea: Faded seaside towns have higher numbers because of low cost of living"

MF Press Comment: Budget 2014

The Telegraph, 16th March 2014
By Tim Ross, Political Correspondent: "Budget 2014: George Osborne told to extend marriage tax break"

Daily Mail, 16th March 2014
by James Chapman: "Working parents to get £1,200 tax break to help with soaring childcare costs but stay-at-home mums miss out again"

The Conservative Woman, 19th March 2014
by Harry Benson: "The marriage tax break could still make a difference"

MF Press Comment: Pre-nups

BBC Radio 4, 27th February 2014
"Pre-nups 'will become more common'"

BBC News, 27th February 2014
"Binding 'pre-nup' law for couples proposed"

The Telegraph, 27th February 2014
by Claire Carter: "'Prenups to become commodity not luxury'"

BBC Radio 2, 27th February 2014, 1.40pm
At 1:40:00–1:48:00, 27th February 2014 (Spanish)
"Londres propone una ley que regule los acuerdos prenupciales"

BBC Radio 4, 28th February 2014, 8.40pm
At 0:39:00–0:40:00

The Independent, 1st March 2014
by Katy Guest: "Healthy marriages need kindness, not pre-nups"

MF Press Comment: Adultery websites

The Mirror, 23rd February 2014
by Richard Wheatstone: "Love-cheat OAP, 94, is one of almost a MILLION married people hunting for affairs on 'irresponsible' website"

Liverpool Echo, 23rd February 2014
by Helen Davies: "19,000 would-be Merseyside cheats flock to website that sets up affairs"

MF Press Release on ONS Data: New marriages stronger for 8th year running

[Press release here; Report here.]

Blog of the Institute for Family Studies, 6th February 2014
by Harry Benson: "Surprising Divorce Trends in the UK"

The Telegraph, 6th February 2014
by John Bingham, Social Affairs Editor: "Marriage 'stronger than for a generation' despite increase in divorces"

The Times, 6th February 2014
by Rosemary Bennett, Social Affairs Correspondent: "Hard times are over, so it’s safe to get divorced"

The Express, 7th February 2014
by Sarah O'Grady: "Divorce rate is set to soar because of booming economy"

The Sunday Times, 23rd February 2014
by Nicholas Hellen, Social Affairs Editor: "Young couples send divorce to 30-year low"

Daily Mail, 23rd February 2014
by Steve Doughty: "More couples surviving the seven-year itch: Early divorce risk lowest since 70s"

MF Press Comment: Commons Education Select Committee

The Times, 23rd January 2014
by Rosemary Bennett, Social Affairs Correspondent: "Bad parents ‘must be told to put children first’"

Marriage Foundation's response to the DWP Family Stability Review

See the response here.

Daily Mail, 21st January 2014
by Steve Doughty: "Encourage marriage for the sake of children: Top judge's advice to Iain Duncan Smith to combat high break-up rates among cohabitees"

Marilyn Stowe Blog, 21st January 2014
"Cohabitation drives family breakdown, campaigners claim"

Christian Concern, 23rd January 2014
"High Court Judge challenges state to promote marriage to combat family breakdown"

Daily Mail, 23rd January 2014
by Steve Doughty: "Decline of marriage: Just 4million homes now made up of husband, wife and children"

The Telegraph, 23rd March 2014
by Steven Swinford, Senior Political Correspondent: "Midwives, GPs and registrars to help tackle family breakdown"

House of Commons Debate on Strengthening Couple Relationships, 14th January 2014

BBC Democracy Live, 14th January 2014
"Westminster Hall: Strengthening couple relationships"

The Telegraph, 14th January 2014
by Matthew Holehouse, Political Correspondent

The Express, 17th January 2014
"Politicians must be ready to speak up for marriage"

The Express, 18th January 2014
by Ross Clark: "Family breakdown is a huge burden on our taxpayers"

The Sunday Express, 19th January 2014
by Marco Giannangeli: "MPs tell Cameron to fight 'plague' of failing marriages"

Marriage Foundation's Second National Conference "For the Sake of the Kids — Relationships Education: the problem, policy and practice"

The Times, 5th December 2013
by Frances Gibb, Legal Editor: "Divorcing couples ‘ignorant’ about the damage to children"

The Telegraph, 5th December 2013
by John Bingham, Social Affairs Editor: "Teach married couples about monogamy for sake of the children, says High Court judge"

The Times, 6th December 2013
by Penelope Leach: "Revealed: the ruinous cost of family breakup"

The Times, 6th December 2013
by Frances Gibb, Legal Editor: "A stressed-out mother ‘is bad for her unborn baby’"

Daily Mail, 6th December 2013
by Steve Doughty: "The cost of divorce isn't money, but sheer pain: Judge's warning to parents"

The Telegraph, 6th December 2013
by James Kirkup, Political Editor: "Glitzy weddings take shine off marriage, says Iain Duncan Smith"

The Times, 7th December 2013
by Frances Gibb, Legal Editor: "Marriage should be cherished, says Duncan Smith"

Daily Mail, 7th December 2013
by Damien Gayle: "Obsession with having a glitzy fairytale wedding is killing the meaning of marriage for many couples, says minister"

The Telegraph, 8th December 2013
by John Bingham, Social Affairs Editor: "Don't have children unless you are ready to marry, says judge"

Daily Mail, 8th December 2013
by Rachel Johnson: "Don't envy those 'power couples' - they're cursed"

The Independent, 8th December 2013
by Tom Foot: "Couples should not have children until they are ready to marry, says High Court judge"

Huffington Post, 9th December 2013
"Don't Have Children Unless You're 'Stable Enough' To Get Married, Judge Paul Coleridge Says"

Daily Mail, 9th December 2013
by Mario Ledwith: "'Get married if you want a family': Top judge urges parents to tie the knot as he attacks politicians' 'ignorance' towards the virtues of married life"

Yahoo News, 9th December 2013
"'No kids unless you're stable: judge"

The Guardian, 9th December 2013
"Only have children if you are ready to marry, says high court judge"

The Telegraph, 9th December 2013
by Cristina Odone: "If the Left wants to help working-class people, it should boost marriage"

The Times, 9th December 2013
by Kevin Maher: "Kevin Maher: The grass is greener on the other side of wedlock"

The Independent, 9th December. 2013
by Adam Withnall: "Couples should marry before having children, High Court judge says"

The Mirror, 9th December 2013
by Steve Robson: "'Couples should only have children if they are married' says top judge"

Daily Mail, 10th December 2013
"Why I believe any couple who want to start a family should be ready to marry"

Huffington Post, 10th December 2013
by Michael Kallenbach: "Why Couples Counselling Would Have Been Good for Nigella and Charles"

The Dating Dilemma, 12th December 2013
by Andre Adefope: "No one likes to talk about relationships breaking down, but we need to!"

RFC Family Law, 12th December 2013
by Megan Bennie: "Marriage conference focuses on the effect of divorce on children"

Family Law Week, 13th December 2013
"Divorcing couples regret the impact on children but don’t tend to seek help, survey finds"

Daily Mail, 16th December 2013
by Peter Hitchens: "A tax break can't rescue marriage: It's been doomed for four decades"

Sydney Morning Herald, 16th December 2013
by Bettina Arndt: "The unspoken truth about marriage and kids"

Huffington Post, 17th December 2013
"Survey Reveals What Divorced Couples Regret Most"

Marriage Foundation press comment: Autumn Statement

The Telegraph, 5th December, 2013
by Steve Hawkes, Consumer Affairs Editor and Nicole Blackmore: "Autumn Statement 2013: Marriage tax break 'will help poorest families’"

Marriage Foundation press release: Unwed parents four times more likely than the married to split

[Press release here; briefing note here]

The Sunday Times, 1st December, 2013
by Nicholas Hellen, Social Affairs Editor: "Unwed parents four times more likely than the married to split"

Daily Mail, 1st December. 2013
by Deni Kirkova: "Revealed: Unmarried couples account for just a fifth of parents - but HALF of all family breakdowns"

Marilyn Stowe Blog, 2nd December. 2013
"Unmarried parents set to account for half of all family breakdowns, campaign group claims"

Christian Today, 2nd December 2013
"Britain needs greater commitment to traditional family, says Marriage Foundation"

The Alpha Parent, 16th December 2013
"Why Married Parents Are Better Parents"

Christian Today, 12th January 2014
"Time to reverse 'bias' against marriage – Iain Duncan Smith"

The Guardian, 18th December 2014
"Sorry, Carla, but nobody cares if you’re a ‘bastard’"

Sir Paul Coleridge's interview with The Tablet

The Times, 29th November 2013
by John Bingham, Social Affairs Editor: "Judge Sir Paul Coleridge quit because of lack of ‘support’ over marriage stance"

Marriage Foundation press comment: ONS Families and Households data 2013

The Times, 1st November 2013   —  Full text.
by Rosemary Bennett, Social Affairs Correspondent: "Children return to the nest with their partners in tow"

Marriage Foundation press comment: how to argue

The Times, 28th October 2013   —  Full text.
by Anna Moore: "How to make arguments good   for your relationship"

Marriage Foundation press comment: newly released 2011 census data

The Telegraph, 12th October 2013
by John Bingham, Social Affairs Editor: "Britain's married minority"

Daily Mail, 12th October 2013
by Ellie Buchdahl: "Bridget Jones Britain: Married couples are now a MINORITY in UK as the number of single Britons soars by a quarter"

Daily Mail, 13th October 2013
by Steve Doughty: "Coastal towns have UK's highest number of residents from broken marriages"

Daily Mail, 16th October 2013
by Steve Glover: "For years the Left crushed debate on fatherless families. Now one man's dared to tell the truth"

Daily Mail, 21st October 2013
by Jack Doyle: "Half of today's babies will see their parents split up by the time they reach the age of 15"

The Telegraph, 21st October 2013
by Rosa Silverman: "Half of today's children will see parents separate"

Sir Paul Coleridge addresses the Family Law Conference 2013

Click here for Sir Paul Coleridge's full speech

The Times, 9th October 2013   —  Full text.
by Frances Gibb: "Family law hopelessly outdated, says Judge"

The Law Society Gazette, 10th October 2013
by Catherine Baksi: "Kill off outdated family law, says retiring Coleridge"

Letters to the editor, The Times, 11th October 2013
Caroline Goorney, Newcastle upon Tyne : "Family law reform"

Marilyn Stowe Blog, 11th October 2013
"Modernise divorce law, says retiring judge"

Family Law Week, 13th October 2013
"Matrimonial Causes Act should be ‘killed off’ says Sir Paul Coleridge"

Marriage Foundation press comment: marriage waiting periods

Daily Mail, 11th October 2013
by Jack Doyle: "Wedding shake-up to tackle sham marriages: Notice period increased to 28 days so officials can check unions are genuine"

Marriage Foundation report: End the couple penalty which encourages couples to 'pretend to live apart'

Sunday Times, 15th September 2013   —  Full text.
by Nicholas Hellen: "240,000 couples claim to be apart to grab lone-parent benefit"

The Times, 16th September 2013  —  Full text.
by Harry Benson: "It’s only fair to get rid of the marriage penalty"

The Telegraph, 21st September 2013
by Steven Swinford, Senor Political Correspondent: "Married tax breaks will be "empty gesture" unless they are more generous"

The Telegraph, 23rd January 2014
by John Bingham, Social Affairs Editor: "Out of sight but not out of mind — Britain's long-distance marriages"

Marriage Foundation press comment: British Social Attitudes Survey shows that we value fidelity and commitment more than ever

The Telegraph, 10th September 2013
by John Bingham, Social Affairs Editor: "Marriage 'no longer the foundation stone of family life'"

Marriage Foundation press comment: IFS study is wrong to say that marriage doesn't matter

The Telegraph, 24th July 2013
by Sir Paul Coleridge: "Sir Paul Coleridge: IFS report on marriage 'misses the point'"

The Telegraph, 24th July 2013
by Steven Swinford, Senior Political Correspondent: "David Cameron's tax breaks are 'symbolic', IFS says"

The Telegraph, 24th July 2013
by Steven Swinford, Senior Political Correspondent: "Decline of marriage has led to family breakdown, senior judge warns"

The Telegraph, 24th July 2013
Video: "IFS report misses the point of marriage tax breaks"

Family Law Week, 25th July 2013
"IFS and Marriage Foundation disagree as to whether 'marriage is good for children'"

Marilyn Stowe Blog, 25th July 2013
"Marriage offers little benefit to children, says Institute for Fiscal Studies'"

Marriage Foundation press comment: Childhood sweethearts

The Independent, 24th July 2013
by Jonathan Brown: "Childhood sweethearts more likely to endure the earlier you were born, study reveals"

Marriage Foundation press comment: births outside of marriage

BBC London 94.9, 11th July 2013
At 1:14 to 1:20

Divorce rates immune to boom and bust, new MF research shows

Daily Mail, 24 June 2013
Financial pressures during a recession 'does NOT lead to more break ups'

Daily Telegraph, 24 June 2013
The theory that recession leads to a rise in divorce has been dismissed in a new study arguing that there is no link between the economy and family break-up

Marilyn Stowe Blog, 24 June 2013
The Marriage Foundation: ‘no link’ between divorce and recession

Money and Divorce, 1st July 2013
Marriage Foundation's new report says recession 'does not lead to more break ups'

Harry Benson argues the case for marriage on BBC 2's Newsnight programme

Newsnight (BBC 2) 22nd May 

The myth of long-term stable relationships outside of marriage

The Telegraph, 22nd May 2013
by John Bingham, Social Affairs editor: "Almost no couples with children who stay unmarried stay together, study claims"

Daily Mail, 22nd May 2013
by Steve Doughty: "Nine in 10 children born to cohabiting couples this year will 'see parents split by the time they are 16'"

Family Law Week, 23rd May 2013
"Cohabitation fails to offer stable home for children, claims Marriage Foundation report"

Marilyn Stowe Blog, 23rd May 2013
"Campaign group spotlights the ‘myth’ of stable relationships outside marriage"

Gulf News, 23rd May 2013
"Study on babies with co-habiting parents"

The Times, 24th May 2013
by Frances Gibb, Legal editor: "Most children from broken homes had unwed parents"

The Information Daily, 24th May 2013
"‘Devastating’ family breakdown epidemic needs government action"

South African Independent Online, 3rd June 2013
"Married parents more stable than unmarried"

Marriage Foundation's first anniversary press comment

The Times, Law, 9th May 2013
by Frances Gibb, Legal editor: "Huge scale of marriage breakdown crisis"

The Times, 9th May 2013
by Frances Gibb, Legal editor: "Judge praises Keira Knightley’s cheap and cheerful wedding as a trend to follow"

The Telegraph, 9th May 2013
by Claire Carter: "Judge hopes Keira Knightley wedding will encourage others to wed"

The Telegraph, 9th May 2013
by Judith Woods: "Forget Cinderella carriages and castles. Keira Knightley’s got the right idea"

Marie Claire, 10th May 2013
by Lisa Potter: "Keira Knightley's Low-Key Wedding Praised By High Court Judge"

The Independent, 10th May 2013
by Alice Jones: "Low-key Keira? With a wedding in Provence?"

El Confidencial, 10th May 2013 (Spanish)
"Lo dice el juez: llegar a la boda en un Clio y con un vestido repetido es el ejemplo a seguir"

Letters to the editor, The Times, 11th May 2013
Amanda McAlister, Head of Family Law at Slater & Gordon: "Costly ceremonies"

The Express, 11th May 2013
by Jennifer Selway, Assistant editor: "A low-key wedding for a high-class bride"

Daily Mail, 13th May 2013
by Steve Doughty: "How a lavish wedding could lead to divorce - and why doing it Keira-style is more likely to mean lasting happiness", 13th May 2013 (Dutch)
"Kans op scheiding groter bij dure bruiloft"

Fashion and Style, 7th June 2013
"Keira Knightley Wedding: James Righton, Actress Inspire Cheap Wedding Trend?"

Yahoo Canada, 15th May 2013
"Will Keira Knightley kick off a cheap-wedding trend?"

Catholic News Agency, 15th June 2013
"Costly weddings could be crippling for new marriages"

DFW Catholic, 15th June 2013
"Costly weddings could be crippling for new marriages"

Marriage Foundation press release: "Second Marriages: Triumph of decision over hope?"

Sunday Times, 28th April 2013
by Frances Gibb, Legal editor: "Older and wiser: second time marriages ‘have better chance’"

The Telegraph, 29th April 2013
by Melanie Hall: "Second marriages less likely to end in divorce"

The Telegraph, 29th April 2013
by Kate Figes: "It’s a good divorce that holds the key to a long-lasting marriage"

Daily Mail, 29th April 2013
by Fiona Macrae: "Couples in second marriages are 'less likely to get divorced' because they benefit from experience of the first"

Marilyn Stowe Blog, 29th April 2013
by Marilyn Stowe: "Second marriages ‘less likely to fail’ claims Marriage Foundation", 29th April 2013
"Second marriages less likely to end in divorce, report reveals"

New England Cable News, Boston, 30th April 2013
"Study: Second marriages are less likely to end in divorce than first"

Family Law Week, 30th April 2013
"Second marriages less likely to end in divorce than first marriages, Marriage Foundation reports"

Politics Home, 30th April 2013
"The Marriage Foundation: Second marriages less likely to end in divorce"

Sunday Times, 5th May 2013
by India Knight: "No giddy dreams, no fiery magic — no wonder second marriages last", 10th May 2013
"Get love right a second time"

The Stir, 11th May 2013
by Jennifer Cullen: "My Second Marriage Will Not End in Divorce"

The Independent, 22nd May 2013

by Kate Figes: "So there's a crisis in housing stock? It must be middle-aged women divorcing for the fun of it"

SBWire, 5th August 2013

"Date a Divorcee Offers Infograph on Love After Divorce"

IBB Solicitors Blog, 6th February 2014

"Pre-Nuptial Agreements To Be Enshrined in Law"

Derby Telegraph, 19th August 2014

by Jane McFarlane: "Make no mistake, the pain of divorce is far from easy"

Our First National Conference: "Modern Marriage: Myths, Realities and Prospects", February 15th

Daily Mail, 11th February 2013
by Larisa Brown: "Soaring numbers of unmarried couples sign 'no-nup' agreements to help protect cash if they break up"

London Evening Standard, 11th February 2013
by Martin Bentham: "Rise in 'no-nups' for unmarried couples who want to protect their wealth"

Daily Mail, 14th February 2013
by Steve Doughty: "High house prices are undermining marriage because people can't afford a home AND a wedding, claims High Court judge"

London Evening Standard, 14th February 2013
by Martin Bentham: "Judge: House prices are undermining marriage", 14th February 2013
Effect on house prices

The Telegraph, 15th February 2013
by John Bingham, Social Affairs editor: "Couples who get a kitten before a baby 'more likely to last'"

Daily Mail, 15th February 2013
by Steve Doughty: "Conspiracy of silence on value of marriage: Politicians frightened to admit fathers are vital, says top family lawyer"

Homeowners Alliance, 15th February 2013
"High house prices catalyst for divorce claims judge"

Christianity Today, 15th February 2013
"Britain must address 'marriage crisis'"

The Times, 16th February 2013
by Frances Gibb, Legal editor: "Call for end to ‘cancer of family break-up’"

Indian Express, 16th February 2013
"Couples who get a pet before a baby 'likelier to last'"

Huffington Post, Lifestyle, 18th February 2013
by Suzy Miller: "The True Divorce Stats the Marriage Foundation Want You to Know"

PRWeb, 18th February 2013
"Private Investigator Comment on the Importance of Surviving the First 10 Years of Marriage in Light of a Recent Article in The Telegraph"

Family Scholars, 18th February 2013
by Elizabeth Marquardt: "From the UK: Leading family lawyer says marriage matters"

conservativehome, 20th February 2013
by Harry Benson: "Nearly one in two fifteen year olds experience family breakdown. That fact should shock us."

The Telegraph, 28th June 2013
by Rebecca Homan: "Have the traditional life stages for women disappeared forever?"

Marriage Foundation press release: "What is the divorce rate?"

Daily Mail, 7th February 2013
by Steve Doughty: "The itch is a myth: Couples who stay married for seven years are likely to stay together for good"

The Telegaph, 8th February 2013
by John Bingham, Social Affairs editor: "Survive the first ten years and marriage stays strong"

The Express, 8th February 2013
by Sarah O'Grady: "Today's marriages last as long as ever"

London Evening Standard, 8th February 2013
"Divorce rate after 10 years static"

Marriage Foundation press comment "Divorce rates back at 1970 levels

The Independent, 20th December 2012
by Rob Williams: "Divorce figures at 1970s levels as couples stick it out amid recession worries"

The Guardian, Politics Live Blog, 20th December 2012 at 11.45am
by Andrew Sparrow

Politics Home, 20th December 2012
"The Marriage Foundation: Divorce rates "back at 1970s levels""

Marriage Foundation press release "Celebrities twice as likely to divorce as the rest of the married UK population"

Sunday Times, 18th November 2012
by David Leppard: "Divorce judge warns of Hello! curse"

The Telegraph, 18th November 2012
by Sam Marsden: "Judge warns against idolising celebrity marriages which are more prone to fail"

Daily Mail, 18th November 2012
by Steve Doughty: "Celebrities are less happy than the rest of us says top divorce judge as he warns of curse of Hello!"

Las Vegas Guardian Express, 30th July 2013
by Angelina Bouc: "Vampire Diaries Star Paul Wesley Divorcing Wife Torrey DeVitto"

Marriage Foundation press comment: Online and DIY divorce kits

Daily Mail, 20th September 2012
by Ruth Lythe: "Buy one... set one free: Co-op supermarket to offer bargain £99 DIY divorce kit"

Huffington Post Divorce, 20th September 2012
"The Co-Operative UK Supermarket Offers £99 Divorce Kits"

Marriage Foundation press comment: Online and DIY divorce kits

Marriage Foundation's press release:"'Claims that cohabiting couples are as likely to have children as married couples are misleading", responding to articles in the press:

The Guardian, 20th September 2012
by Owen Bowcott, Legal Affairs correspondent: "Cohabiting couples now as likely to have children as those who are married"

The Telegraph, 20th September 2012
byJohn Bingham, Social Affairs editor: "Living together no longer just a 'trial run' for couples, study shows"

Marriage Foundation press release: "Modern men make better husbands, says new study"

Daily Mail, 15th September 2012
by Steve Doughty: "Divorce rate falls by a quarter over ten years as modern men discover commitment"

The Sun, 20th September 2012
by Martin Daubney: "Divorce rates are falling, thanks to the modern man"

Launch of the Marriage Foundation

Launch of the Marriage Foundation at Middle Temple Hall, 1st May 2012
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