Why couples should get married

Everybody wants reliable love. Adults want it. Children want it. So it’s in everybody’s interests to find out what gives us our best chance of achieving this. According to commitment theory, there are two forces or bonds that keep couples together. DEDICATION is the internal bond between two people representing their new identity as a […]

Different pages: Unmarried parents in lockdown

Most cohabiting dads did pretty well during lockdown. Many of their partners did not.  One of the more striking findings from our analysis of relationships during lockdown is the way unmarried mums and dads appear to have experienced it very differently. My colleague Professor Steve McKay and I compared what 386 cohabiting parents said about […]

Should you live together before you get married?

(Image by Niek Verlaan from Pixabay) Fiona Wade, an actress from the TV soap Emmerdale, got married last week. Nothing remarkable about that, except that she and her husband have chosen not to live together before getting married. The very fact that the media noticed this – and I did a series of BBC interviews about it […]

Why cohabiting couples should not get the same rights as married couples

(photo credit BBC) It’s a situation that I wouldn’t wish on anyone. After 23 years and four children together, Siobhan McLaughlin’s partner died leaving her to cope on her own. I’ve been married for over 32 years and can’t imagine the awfulness of losing the person who is closest to me. So I have a great […]