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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.

Harry Benson’s Marriage Lines: Staying together is the key to happiness

This is the first in a series on why marriage matters to society by HARRY BENSON, research director of the Marriage Foundation. Since the 1930s,...

Why Britain needs to engage with Marriage Week

Just over a year ago, a US think tank called the Social Trends Institute published some robust international research that showed that Britain has...

Harry Benson: IDS should champion marriage, not relationship counselling

Former welfare minister Iain Duncan Smith has warned the government not to cut the annual £7.5million funding for relationship counselling. But is he right? I've...

Harry Benson: If you must divorce first row in front of the kids

Family breakdown. It's all around. Britain's couples have the highest levels of break-up in the entire developed world. Half of all our teens are no longer living with...

Harry Benson: It’s not marriage that’s ‘patriarchal’. It’s cohabitation

In an article for Metro last month, writer Rebecca Reid expressed horror that her fiancé might have asked her dad’s permission before he married her. The whole...

Harry Benson: Marriage is the answer for committed heterosexual couples

In my family, we have an expression: “WAM”. It means “What About Me” and is usually lobbed in the direction of whichever one of...

Harry Benson: The real child poverty is not about money

I don't know how she does it. A friend of mine lives on her own with her three young children. She left her partner long...

Harry Benson: Perverse incentives. £200 if you marry, more than £7,000 to split up

It should be a flagship policy, launched at us with great fanfare and media blitz. Yes, the new Marriage Allowance will finally come into force two months...

Harry Benson: Cameron flunks his ‘family test’ first time out

The big problem with being an optimist, of thinking the best of people, is dealing with the disappointment when people let you down. This Coalition...

Harry Benson: Judges are not infallible. Sir Nicholas Mostyn’s contempt for marriage is wholly wrong

(This blog is reproduced by kind permission of the Marriage Foundation) I'm a big fan of high court judges, especially those in the family division....

Harry Benson: This new law on shared parenting is pure political grandstanding

Should you be unfortunate enough to come before the family courts from today onward, you'll find yourself subject to the presumption of shared parenting....

Harry Benson: Children first, marriage next. Brangelina are taking a risk

So the really hot story of the summer was the 'secret' wedding of Brad and Angelina, a couple so famous that we not only...

Harry Benson: Marriage makes a comeback. Thank William and Kate

Marriages were up by five per cent in 2012, according to the Office for National Statistics. That's an unusually large rise, amounting to an...

Harry Benson: Divorce is hardest on already disadvantaged children

One of the researchers I most admire is the American sociologist Paul Amato. Over the years he has written some of the most interesting...

Harry Benson: Our tax system actively discourages marriage

New figures from the 2011 Census, released by the Office for National Statistics continue to underestimate the true extent of family breakdown, although they...

Harry Benson: Oxford students vote for promiscuity

Last week I had the pleasure of taking part in a debate at the Oxford Union. Formal debates start with a motion that “this house...

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