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The myth of the ‘good divorce’

It all sounds rather sweet and innocent, doesn’t it? “We love each other very much … we are and always will be a family … in many ways we are closer than we have ever been … we are parents first and foremost” These were the words reportedly said by A-list couple Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin prior to their decision to separate or, in their own words, “consciously uncouple and coparent”. I imagine that this kind of mutually cooperative arrangement is what the family la

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Does religion help couples stay together?

I'm often asked if Christians have lower divorce rates than anyone else. Although I point out that I don't know of any UK studies on this, evidence from the US is fairly mixed that religion - or 'religiosity' as it's usually called in the academic papers - is linked to higher rates of stability. In any case, if you were going to make a social science hypothesis based on what you read in the Bible, there's a much better candidate than

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Muslim women have winning recipe for relationship success

PRESS RELEASE FROM MARRIAGE FOUNDATION Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain stunned the programme’s contemporary audience with her traditional views on family and her pride in her role providing for her husband and children. Despite her husband being chosen for her by her parents, Nadiya chose to renew her vows to her husband in June after twelve happy years of marriage. She called her husband Abdul her “biggest support” and said it was he who gave her the

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Legal rights for cohabiting couples will create more problems than it solves

It seems like a no-brainer, doesn't it. A woman - and in most cases it is a woman - lives with a man for a number of years, sacrifices part or all of career to bring up their children, whereupon he walks out taking all of his earning with him. The children have rights under the law. She has none. It's a clear injustice. The obvious solution is to give unmarried cohabiting couples the same or similar rights, as if the couple had been married. How could any right thinking person with any

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