Research Papers

Establishing the facts about family breakdown
transforming the debate about marriage

In the first six years of Marriage Foundation we have focused on establishing the reality of family stability and instability: what actually happens to couples and their children, who stays together and who splits up.  This is transforming the debate about marriage which, previously, had been obscured by myths and misconceptions.

Briefing Paper

This briefing note draws together our most significant findings to date.

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Will cheaper weddings bridge the marriage gap?

Analysis of data from the Office for National Statistics shows that the ‘marriage gap’ between rich and poor has doubled in 30 years. Whereas in …

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Get married for the sake of the children

Marriage boosts stability for parents and acts as a buffer against problems for children. This is especially true today now that divorce rates are at …

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Has lockdown strengthened marriages?

Contrary to claims in the media, lockdown has been good news for most married parents. Speculation about a coming ‘divorce boom’ is misplaced. We analysed …

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Celebrity Divorce: First and Second Marriages

Celebrities, their relationships and extravagant Hello magazine weddings attract huge public and media interest. But in terms of stability, celebrities are poor role models. I …

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Parents in lockdown – Why have cohabiting mums suffered so much?

How have relationships REALLY fared during lockdown? Our brand new analysis of a June questionnaire (pp 83-85, 90) completed by 2,559 parents for the national …

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Long term cohabiters much less likely to say ‘I do’

We launch our Marriage Week campaign, and the publication of the book Commit or Quit – The Two Year Rule and Other Rules for Romance, …

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