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

13-Jun-2016

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

29-May-2016

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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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