Mr Justice Coleridge has devoted forty years of his life to discerning the truth from the evidence put before him in the family courts.
He does not deal in fashions and fads in the court. They are irrelevant to his work. They come and go like the tide; the truth remains the truth.
We are in an age where the fashion is social liberalism. It began in the Sixties and it continues today. While much of the early change was positive, fifty years later the pendulum has truly swung in the opposite direction.
The truth that Sir Paul Coleridge has voiced on numerous occasions is that family breakdown has grown exponentially since the early days of his career.
Now, under half of all children aged fifteen live with both their parents. If current trends continue, this generation of newborns will face even greater levels of family breakdown than the generation before them.
As Sir Paul says, the pain caused by family breakdown is severe and long-lasting. Broken families are linked to increased levels of truancy, juvenile delinquency and alcohol or drug abuse.
The stable and healthy relationship of parents are the single most important influence in a child’s life.
Of those parents who stay together until their children reach fifteen years old, 93 per cent are married. Cohabiting couples account for only 19 per cent of parents but 50 per cent of breakdowns.
This is the second truth Sir Paul has championed. Marriage is statistically the strongest form of relationship and the one that gives a family the greatest chance of riding the waves of hard times and good together and intact.
It is why he started the campaign group, The Marriage Foundation, because in his words, “’Marriage’ whether people like it or not, is and always has been the ‘foundation’ of all civilised societies since time began.”
Sir Paul has gone against the grain; he has said the unsayable. He has reminded us that we as adults have a responsibility towards our children and their welfare. We have the responsibility to give them a stable environment to grow up in.
While fellow judges have been free to speak out with more fashionable, liberal views, Sir Paul has been given a warning, then an official reprimand by the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office for voicing his opinions on marriage, as he has told today's Sunday Times.
He has spoken of his annoyance and mystification at the decision of the JCIO and the Lord Chief Justice to rebuke him for bringing the judiciary into "disrepute" for speaking up for marriage.
Sir Paul has taken early retirement from the Family Courts so that he can speak freely about the work of his Foundation.
That family stability is critical to social cohesion might not be a fashionable view. It might not be a cool and liberal one. But it is unquestionably true.