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Marketisation of marriage may be leading couples along the path to divorce (14 January 2014)

Date: 14/01/2014
Duncan Lewis, Legal News Solicitors, Marketisation of marriage may be leading couples along the path to divorce

Former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Williams has said the greatest threat to the institution of marriage is the marketing of marriage.

Lord Williams – formerly known as Dr Rowan Williams – said that the amount spent on weddings ceremonies and getting married was becoming a challenge to the matrimonial bond.

Lord Williams was speaking at a debate on the institution of marriage attended by divorce lawyers. The conference Marriage: Love or Law? was held in London.

Lord Williams told the audience:

“Marriage has faced many changes and pressures – such as evolving working patterns and a reluctance for people to think about their long-term wellbeing.”

He went on to say that despite the marketisation of marriage and changes in society, most children were still born within marriage “and there remained a strong desire for the public affirmation of commitment”.

However, Lord Williams said that debate on the changing role of men was an issue:

“As a society, there is much yet to resolve around male roles and we need to take a long, hard look at the marketisation of marriage.

“This, I believe, poses the greatest threat to long-term successful marriages,” he added.

The average cost of a UK wedding is now estimated by YouGov at nearly £17,000, with each guest having to pay out an average of £750 each – £1,500 per couple – just to attend a wedding, including paying for clothes, travel, accommodation and buying a wedding present for the couple.

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