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Marriage rates collapse among middle classes


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Marriage inequality between rich and poor soars to all-time high


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"Modern Marriage: Myths, Realities and Prospects"

February 15th, 2013

[Click on names below for a link to their papers and slides.]

Welcome and Introduction: Modern Marriage — Myths and Realities

Sir Paul Coleridge: Chairman, The Marriage Foundation

Keynote Address: Getting Married

Baroness Deech: Chair, Bar Standards Board

Research Findings 1: Divorce Rates – Myths and Realities

Harry Benson: Communications Director, Marriage Foundation

The Myths of History

Professor Rebecca Probert: Warwick School of Law

Dr Brienna Perelli-Harris: Lecturer in Demography, University of Southampton

Prenups – front-line experience

Ayesha Vardag, Managing Director, Vardags Solicitors

Prenups and the Marriage Bargain: giant step forward or giant step back?

Professor Anne Barlow, Family Law and Policy, Exeter University

Research Findings 2:  New, specially commissioned, survey of marriage, cohabitation and commitment

            Deborah Jeff, Partner and Head of Family Law, Seddons  


                         Baroness Deech                                  Conference room
  Professor Rebecca Probert               A welcome guest                      Paul Coleridge