Why there suddenly seem to be 4% more lone parents …

This is only a short article. And you can ignore it if you don’t like the nerdy stuff. I’ll keep it simple … The Office for National Statistics released their latest figures on Families and Households today. This tells us how many families, adults and children live in various different types of households, whether married,…

The UK’s gloomy marriage forecast

(This article was first posted on the US academic blog family-studies.org) Across many social and economic trends, where America leads Britain follows. Alas, the trend away from marriage may be one area where we on this side of the pond may actually lead. According to data from our U.K. Office for National Statistics, 92% of women and 87% of…

Marriage is back?

Well, maybe not yet, but there are small but encouraging signs of a genuine uptrend. The latest figures from Office for National Statistics showed that there were 5% more marriages in England and Wales during 2012 compared to the previous year. The increase was pretty well spread across the board. There were more first marriages and…