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18 February 2013

Judge warns that house prices are undermining marriage

A High Court judge warned of the “real danger” that high property prices were deterring couples from marrying and fuelling relationship breakdowns, reports The Standard.

Sir Paul Coleridge said the cost of housing and weddings were among the reasons why couples put off getting married.

He said the result was that people were instead “sliding” into commitments of other sorts, such as living together, which were more prone to end in a break-up.

A conference tomorrow organised by the Marriage Foundation (set up by Sir Paul) will discuss a new survey which found that although most people want to get married, nearly one in five London couples say they have yet to do so because they cannot afford to buy a home. A large proportion also said that getting married was “too expensive”.

Read the full story in The Standard here.