UK still top in Western Europe for family breakdown


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 marriageā€¦ tying the knot before first baby is a key ingredient for marriage success


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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Couples who stay together enjoy degree-equivalent boost to income


Staying together can have the same positive impact on subsequent income as having a degree, a new study by Marriage Foundation has found.

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Marriage Foundation hails six years of marriage stability


New figures from the Office for National Statistics show the proportion of married families in Britain has been stable for the last six years.

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


Marriage Foundation and the Sunday Times jointly hosted a well attended and much noticed debate at the News Building on January 8th.

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April 2015

Ben and Marina Fogle
Ben and Marina Fogle were married in 2006.They have recently given an interview in which they recommend that all couples undergo 'Marriage MOTs': yearly appointments with a marriage counsellor to talk about differences and challenges that every marriage experiences before a crisis.

Marina says, "Until recently, giving our marriage an MOT was something that Ben and I had talked about but never got around to doing . . . Had we heeded my friend’s advice eight years ago, I believe that we would have matured emotionally sooner, have been able to support each other better and possibly deal with the challenges we’ve encountered more efficiently. Eight years of marriage has taught me that this relationship is about learning; it is a journey in which the landscape and characters change constantly. If you can learn how to be strong while the going is easy, you will be better equipped for the more challenging terrain when it comes."

Ben says, "Marriage is like a living, organic thing. It keeps you on your toes. A yearly MOT with a third party who isn’t as emotionally invested can bring a unique viewpoint and a reminder of how lucky you are. It encourages perspective and honesty. For many, therapy is seen as an admission of weakness, vulnerability and failure. On the contrary, I’d argue it’s about taking control of your marriage before the cracks appear."

L-R John Humphries, Samantha Singer, Susan Jacklin QC, Kate Spicer, Dr Samantha Callan, Sir Paul Coleridge.

The Marriage Foundation and Sunday Times debate, "Is there a difference between marriage and cohabitation: should all cohabiting couples be treated the same?", was held on 8th January 2015. You can see the video of the debate here.


Marriage Foundation Manifesto

Marriage Foundation has launched its manifesto, which sets out five urgent policies for all parties at the election:

1. A Cabinet level Minister for Families and Family Breakdown

2. A tax and benefits system that supports marriage and sustained relationships

3. Fund and promote relationships education for both children and adults

4. Modernise family law

5. Unashamedly champion marriage as the gold standard for all and eradicate entrenched myths

Click here to read the whole manifesto.

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