Open air weddings on the agenda

December 17, 2015 0 comments

marriage, family law

Engaged couples should be given more choice and allowed to marry in the open air if they wish, the Law Commission has recommended. Marriage law in England and Wales was designed to “meet the needs of the early 19th Century”, it declares in a newly published review paper. “It does not cater adequately for the…

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Cohabitees and married couples equally happy

December 6, 2015 1 comment

family law

Couples who live together are just as happy as their married peers, a new study suggests. Using data from 8,700 people born between 1980 and 1984, academics from Ohio State University found that young women experienced a “decline in emotional distress when they moved in with a romantic partner”. A similar decline was also identified…

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Most children born to married couples

November 20, 2015 4 comments

family life

A slim majority of children in England and Wales are still born to married couples or to parents in civil partnerships, the latest statistics reveal. Last year, 53 per cent of births occurred within marriages or civil partnerships, a relatively modest but still noticeable decline from the 58 per cent a decade ago in 2004….

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Only 30% of weddings held in church

July 21, 2015 0 comments

marriage, family law

The number of Brits who marry in church is at its lowest level since records began, new statistics reveal. A study by Oxford University demographer John Haskey showed that only 30 per cent of weddings held in Britain during 2012 were in church. Mr Haskey has worked for the Office for National Statistics and been…

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Marrying later in Northern Ireland

July 5, 2015 0 comments

Northern Ireland, family law

People in Northern Ireland are marrying later in their lives than at any point in the country’s history, new statistics reveal. In their latest annual report, the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) show that the average age of a first time bride is 32 and a first time groom is 34. This marks…

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Married people are fatter than singles, study claims

June 30, 2015 0 comments

obesity, marriage, depression

People who are married or cohabiting are more likely to be overweight than singles, a new study suggests. Researchers from the University of Basel in Switzerland and the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Germany collected data from 10,226 people across nine European nations: the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Poland, Russia, Austria…

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Cohabiting couples less likely to eventually marry

May 14, 2015 8 comments

cohabitation

Couples who live together are less likely to eventually marry than ever before, a new study has suggested. Researchers from Bowling Green State University in Ohio compared the stability of cohabiting couples’ relationships in the early 1980s to those today. They used data from 707 women who cohabited in the 1980s, 772 women who did…

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1,900 Brazilian couples marry at once

December 2, 2014 0 comments

cohabiting couples

A mass wedding has been held in Rio de Janeiro, the second largest city in Brazil. The event, dubbed ‘Yes Day’, was staged in a volleyball venue under construction for the 2016 Olympics. Precisely 1,900 couples took part, making the event the largest collective wedding ever held in the city. ‘Yes Day’ was staged by…

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Rich people more likely to marry

November 14, 2014 0 comments

marriage

Recent statistics from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) indicate the divide between the rich and the poor in the UK is also being reflected in those who marry and those who do not. The role of marriage as a cohesive force in society is a story that often comes up here on the blog….

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