Marriage ‘top scenario’ for parents04th January 2012
Being married is the “gold standard” for couples with children, a senior judge has claimed.
Sir Paul Coleridge, who sits in the High Court, said he wants people to mend relationships rather than end them, avoiding a “recycling” attitude.
The 62 year old, who himself has been married for about 40 years, laments the trend for increased divorce rates in the UK.
Speaking to The Times newspaper, he said lawyers have made a fortune from the societal breakdown of marriage and that now is the time “to put something in”.
Sir Paul added: “My focus is on the children. I am unashamedly advocating marriage as the gold standard for couples where children are involved.”
The most up-to-date statistics show a continued increase in the number of couples getting divorced. The 113,949 divorces registered in 2009 rose 4.9% over a single year to 119,589 in 2010.
Meanwhile, in 1970 one in five marriages were terminated before the couple’s 15th anniversary, whereas in 1995 one in three ended in divorce after the same length of time.
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