Now High Court Judge Sir Paul Coleridge has launched a campaign to champion the age-old tradition of marriage in Britain.
“Marriage- and family breakdown is one of the most destructive scourges of our time,” he said. “For that reason, I have, for some years now, been trying to raise the subject whenever I have had the chance to speak publicly on the matter.”
The number of cohabiting couples is expected to rise to 3.7 million by 2031, a figure that currently stands at around 2.9 million. Divorce rates in England and Wales increased by nearly 5% in just one year (between 2009 and 2010), taking the figure to around 120,000 divorces per year.
Sir Paul blames unrealistic expectations and an ‘instant gratification’ attitude for the fall of marriage. He believes that the ‘Hollywood approach’ to long-term relationships promotes an unrealistic image of what being in a couple involves, forcing people to feel like their own relationships are inadequate in comparison to the whirlwind romances they see on the big screen.
In reality, marriage takes time, practice and patience to work. Sir Paul believes that people today are abandoning ship at the first signs of trouble – a destructive force in an increasingly fragmented and unhappy society.
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