Written evidence from Richard Worthington [HAB0039]
Marriage is something most people in this country aspire to according to the latest published figures. This provides more stability for the couple involved and any children.
Commitment to a partner is demonstrated by marriage and helps give more security than co-habiting.
Evidence shows that children suffer when their parents separate which happens more often when co-habiting.
This often gives rise to or exacerbates mental problems which are costly not only financially but in many others ways to society.
Evidence also shows that married people are less likely to suffer depression and experience better health generally.
Strengthening and encouraging the commitment of marriage would do far more to help restore our society, help deal with gangs, drugs and alcohol abuse for example than changing the law to benefit co-habiting couples who don’t want to make that lifelong commitment to each other.