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Harry Benson

Harry Benson
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Harry Benson is research director for Marriage Foundation and author of Commit or Quit: The Two Year Rule and Other Rules for Romance.

Why the new no-fault divorce law won’t be a marriage-wrecker

Last week William Collins, a long-time married man and advocate for the institution, wrote an impassioned article in these pages explaining why...

Corona and the case for marriage

FIGURES from the Office of National Statistics reveal that marriage rates in 2017 were the lowest on record.   The...

Good news for families, bad news for divorce lawyers

TRADITIONALLY, January has seen a spike in the number of couples deciding to end their marriages following a stressful festive period. However, research released...

Every marriage has its rocky patches. And given good sense, survives

There's a reason why the traditional marriage vow says 'for better, for worse'. It's because any intimate relationship between two fallible humans is pretty...

If you want cohabitation rights, get married

After 23 years and four children together, Siobhan McLaughlin's partner died, leaving her to cope on her own. I've been married for 32 years and...

Marriage lines: Mummy’s boys and daddy’s girls do better

Our growing mental health crisis is often presented as a recent problem. Too much social media. Too much exam pressure. Casting blame on factors over...

Harry Benson’s marriage lines: The STOP signs that spell doom for this couple

Embarrassing details about the marriage of Hugh and Tini Owens have been splashed all over the news. After many years of marriage, Mrs Owens wants...

Heterosexual civil partnerships – fairly harmless but a colossal waste of court time

You would think highly paid grown-ups would have more important issues to consider. I'm talking about the Supreme Court judges, lawyers, politicians and other...

Harry Benson’s marriage lines: Family breakdown and the toll on children’s mental health

In December last year the government produced its Green Paper on children's mental health. The opening paragraph begins with an optimistic note that the...

It’s not ‘cuts’ that put children in care. It’s family breakdown

I could have written it myself. In her foreword for a report from the Institute of Fiscal Studies about spending on children's services, Children's...

Harry Benson’s marriage lines: How family breakdown costs us all dear

Amicable or acrimonious, civilised or conflicted, cooperative or combative, whatever form it takes family breakdown was never the dream. Family always begins with an...

Harry Benson’s marriage lines: The lessons of Love Island

Royal wedding preacher Michael Curry had it right when he said 'there is power in love'. And with love in the air, yes, ITV2's...

Harry Benson’s marriage lines: Three simple ways Mrs May can make a wedding pay

At best, the Government’s approach to marriage is lukewarm; at worst it is downright ambivalent. On the one hand, the state is terribly interested in...

Harry Benson’s marriage lines: With sex on tap, why should men wed?

There’s a deep irony about the subject of men and marriage. On the one hand, marriage appears to benefit men more than women. Men’s health,...

Harry Benson’s marriage lines: The ‘burning injustice’, Mrs May, is that the poor no longer wed

Harry and Meghan are about to do it. His older brother did it a few years ago. Some of his cousins have done it....

Harry Benson’s marriage lines: Broken homes, broken children

The UK has the highest level of family instability in the entire developed world. Our epidemic levels of family breakdown were highlighted in a...

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