According to a report just released by Sir Paul Coleridge’s Marriage Foundation, divorce rates are finally falling because modern men are determined to make marriage work.
Researchers claim that men who decide to marry are serious about their commitments whilst men who are unsure tend to be in a more easily formed co-habitation which is more likely to break up.
The Marriage Foundation was formed by High Court judge Sir Paul Coleridge to look at marriage and to try to get a more thorough understanding of modern married life in an effort to reduce the number of failed marriages.
The report looked at divorce figures going as far back as 1993 when there were just 300,000 marriages in England and Wales but by 20120 this figure had fallen to 241,000. In 1993 there were 165,000 divorces but this figure dropped to less than 120,000 in 2010.
Figures also show that applications for divorce by women in the first three years of marriage have dropped by 51 per cent and the rate at which wives apply for divorce in the first ten years of marriage has also fallen by 27 per cent.
Harry Benson, who worked on research for the report said: “Husbands are doing better during the early years of marriage.
“The stability in the number of men applying for divorce, compared to the dramatic decline in the number of women, especially in the first three years of marriage, implies that men are improving at keeping their wives happy.”
The report also suggests that as there is less and less pressure to get married, when men do decide to marry they tend to be far more committed. “Those men who do marry are increasingly likely to be deciders rather than sliders and therefore more dedicated.
“Many people overestimate the likelihood of divorce and are put off marriage. But sliding into couple relationships with all the constraints they can bring is the greatest risk, not just for the couple but also for any children,” added Harry Benson.
Sir Paul Coledridge said: “This dramatic fall in divorce rates is good news and should give people confidence in the benefits of this wonderful institution. It is the instability of co-habitation that is our greatest concern.”