High Court judge Sir Paul Coleridge launched his new Marriage Foundation today in a bid to lower the numbers of relationships that end in divorce.
The independent charity will declare marriage to be the “gold standard for relationships,” according to reports, coming up with practical assistance and suggesting government policies to reduce divorce levels.
Speaking on BBC radio, Sir Paul declared divorce to be “one of the most destructive scourges of our time” and was partly due to “a ‘Hello! magazine’ attitude to marriage,” to which he added: “I am not knocking Hello! magazine. I read it frequently. I normally find people in there are within my court with a year or two.”
Sir Paul sits in the Family Division of the High Court, a familiar venue for divorce lawyers throughout the decades. He has frequently spoken out on the issue of marriage and family breakdown – and estimates that some 3.8 million children were embroiled in the family justice system every year due to divorce.
Government figures show that marriage rates have decreased by over 50 per cent in the past 40 years.