70 Marriage stats first and second half

Why a big fall in marriages could be really great news

It’s taken nearly two and a half years to get the numbers out. But after a peculiarly long wait, publication of the 2013 annual marriage statistics could provide the world’s first clear evidence that marriage rates can be increased. Paradoxically, this evidence will be strongest if we see a big fall in the number of…

high-expectations

The secret of happy marriage? It’s NOT communication

Ask couples for the secret of a happy marriage and the word ‘communication’ always comes high on their list. But a new study out this week in the Journal of Marriage and Family suggests that the link between communication and happiness is not what we think. Researcher Justin Lavner from the University of Georgia, and colleagues,…

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No, Mr Cameron. ‘Families’ are not the best anti-poverty measure ever invented. ‘Marriage’ is.

‘Families are the best anti-poverty measure ever invented‘, claimed David Cameron today. “Families that break apart“, he said, “are twice as likely to experience poverty as those that stay together“. Actually families that stay together are a whole lot better than that. Lone parents may be twice as likely to live in poverty but they are six times…

65 Celeb divorces 3

Hello, Goodbye! The shocking state of celebrity marriages

So you want to be famous? Or perhaps married to somebody famous?Be careful what you wish for. Celebrities may have the glamour. the fame and very often the money. They may be fabulous at acting, singing, presenting or sports. Some have mastered the art of being famous. even if nobody quite knows why. However, as…