Channel 4’s ‘Married at First Sight’ is no recipe for success

03-Jul-2015

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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Up to 1.8 million children endure family breakdown as trend away from marriage intensifies

27-Apr-2015

Over the last thirty five years, nearly two million more children have been born into families that are breaking down as a result of the trend away from marriage, Marriage Foundation has found.

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UK still top in Western Europe for family breakdown

16-Mar-2015

For the second year running, Britain hangs onto the unwelcome top spot for family breakdown across Western Europe.

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First comes love, then comes marriage… tying the knot before first baby is a key ingredient for marriage success

09-Mar-2015

In the first ever UK study of its kind, new research from Marriage Foundation, a think tank dedicated to building stronger families, has found that the recipe for relationship success lies in making the decision to commit before starting a family.

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Get Help

The Marriage Foundation is developing a Web Portal which will be a major national resource signposting the services of organisations and individuals which offer practical advice at the outset of relationships and during times of difficulty.

In the meantime you can access support from organisations such as Relationships Central (The Marriage Preparation Course and The Marriage Course), Relate and Marriage Care, all of which operate national networks. Find help near you -- for Relationships Central (left) and Relate (right) -- by clicking on the images below and seeing what's available in your area:

    

One Plus One has a great resource called Couple Connection which is a "do it yourself" relationship support service, with articles, self-assessment tools and much more.

As a support service for its TV programme "Mum and Dad are Splitting Up" The BBC website published a useful list of places where parents and children can access organisations offering targeted information, guidance and support.


Harry Benson's 'Top Tips'

   

You can also read these letters from Harry Benson, our Director of Communications, which draw both on his personal life as well as his professional experience. Harry was founder and director of the charity Bristol Community Family Trust where he taught relationship courses. He is also the author and originator of Let’s Stick Together, a pioneering relationship book and programme. 
                                

Mend it, Don't end it: A personal letter from Harry Benson for people with marriage difficulties

Starting Well: A personal letter from Harry Benson for those thinking of getting married