Married couple families still the majority, finds ONS

Marriages or civil partnerships represent two thirds of all families in 2023 in the UK, according to new figures released today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on Families and Households. Married families comprise 66 percent of all families, 62 percent of families with children, 79 percent of all couples and 82 percent of […]

The Morality of Marriage

BBC Radio 4’s Moral Maze Marriage Foundation research director Harry Benson makes the case for marriage in response to searching questions from the panel (10 minute listen starts 26:40 ends 36:25) Click here to take you to the programme on BBC Sounds

Married adults now less than half of the population

PRESS RELEASE … IMMEDIATE The latest population estimates from the Office for National Statistics show that the proportion who are married has fallen below half for the first time. Societies throughout history have encouraged marriage because they know it’s the most effective method for bonding men with the mothers of their future children. The psychology […]

The church has surrendered on marriage

Today marks the launch of the Church of England’s report on Families and Households. You can download and read the report for yourself here. We contributed extensively to the commission and one of our contributions actually makes a highlighted appearance on page 44, without a namecheck. The relevant section is pages 31-58. Alas the title […]

Shaun Bailey on marriage

Watch the full video here Politicians I am stood here today because quite frankly I’m astonished that other politicians don’t speak about marriage publicly in a positive way. As a politician there are many things that you try to body swerve because they’re just not worth the effort. But I’m astonished that marriage is seen […]

Why the act of marriage makes a difference

This is one of several talks I gave in Prague in February 2022 to celebrate Czech marriage week (reading time 10 minutes) It would be easy to think that marriage is on the way out. Indeed many prominent commentators think exactly that. After all, marriage rates have been falling across the developed world since the […]

Couples Talk – 8th Feb – 8pm LIVE!

UPDATE: you can listen to the full talk here Coming up on 8th February 8-9pm… with optional Q&A until 9.30pm Bringing you an hour of open, engaging conversation via Zoom to give you inspiration, hope and practical insights for your relationship Harry & Kate Benson JOIN us for an hour of raw, real life relationship […]

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 […]

Supporters of marriage should back the new divorce law

New divorce laws will come into effect next year. In essence, all divorces should now take 6 months from application to final approval. Some worry that this undermines the lifelong promise of marriage, giving one disgruntled spouse the right to pull the trigger at any time. That has been the case for fifty years. For […]

The future of marriage post-covid

Marriage rates will more than rebound after lockdown ends as couple reevaluate their lives. But will this be the start of a new uptrend? Marriage rates in the UK are currently at close to zero. When the government banned weddings as part of the lockdown measures, they may have meant just to ban gatherings. But, […]