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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Making the Case for Marriage


Our case for marriage is based on pragmatic evaluation of the advantages for children, families, and the local and national community. The richness and diversity of relationships, as well as differences between the people most likely to marry and those most likely to cohabit, preclude simplistic claims of cause and effect. But there is a significant difference in outcomes and the distinctive features of marriage are an important part of the reason. We are building a resource library as part of our new website; here we include a selection of key points.