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


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


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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Sir Paul Coleridge on Victoria Derbyshire show

Marriage Foundation’s Founder and Chairman Sir Paul Coleridge interviewed parents and children affected by family breakdown on BBC 2's popular Victoria Derbyshire show on Monday morning the 8th of February 2016.

The programme highlighted the real and long-lasting pain and cost of broken homes. Family breakdown causes emotional trauma and diminishes children's well-being and life chances. £47bn of taxpayer money is spent on family breakdown each year. Sir Paul Coleridge called family breakdown a public health issue on the show and said that more must be done to keep families together.

You can watch the programme here.


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