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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March 2015

Felicity Huffman and William H Macy
Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman and Shameless actor William H Macy have bucked the Hollywood divorce trend and have now been married for 17 years, with two children.

Felicity has recently opened up about their decision to marry, saying, "Bill Macy asked me to marry him several times over several years. And I was finally smart enough to go: 'I'm going to marry this guy or really lose him for good,'"

"It was the work I had to do in order to bring myself to the marriage and then the work that I did to be able to trust another person and see what comes out of that comfort and that safety," she said. "I was able to blossom out of that."

The couple finally wed in 1997, and Huffman credits that love with helping her through a crippling depression.

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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