Judge in marriage support call

A family division judge has called for a commission to find ways to support marriage and lower divorce rates in the UK.

Mr Justice Coleridge said that the body - which would be drawn across party political lines - should aim to encourage the view that marriage is the "gold standard" of relationships, in order to lessen the amount of suffering children endure from break-ups.

Such a call may encourage legal change in areas such as taxation, which could be relevant for those drawing up prenuptial or cohabitation agreements.

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Legislation aimed at underpinning stable families has been promised by the Conservatives, should they win the general election that must be held within one year.

The party policy statement says: "We will end the couple penalty in the benefits system and recognise marriage in the tax and benefits system."

Written by Christopher Evans


Published on: June 17, 2009

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