Duncan Lewis

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A research by a think tank says that divorce rates have been plunging in modern men as they were sure of what they wanted

Date: (17 September 2012)    |    

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According to researchers divorce rates were plunging because modern men were keener to make their marriages work.
A report from the Marriage Foundation has said that men who marry are now more serious of their commitments and were less inclined to stray.
In contrast, men who were unsure about their relationships were more likely to slide into easily-formed co-habitations, which were more likely to break up.
The think tank, formed by High Court judge Sir Paul Coleridge to try to improve understanding of marriage and reduce family breakdown, analysed marriage and divorce figures going back to 1993.
In that year, there were just fewer than 300,000 marriages in England and Wales, but by 2010 that had slumped to just 241,000.
There were 165,000 divorces in 1993, but just fewer than 120,000 in 2010.
The rate of divorce applications filed by wives in their first ten years of marriage has gone down by 27 percent suggesting men were no longer 'behaving unreasonably'.
Applications for divorce by women in the first three years of their marriage have dropped by 51 per cent. Researcher Harry Benson said husbands were doing better during the early years of marriage.
The number of men applying for divorce had been stable compared to the dramatic decline in the number of women, especially in the first three years of marriage, meaning that men are improving at keeping their wives happy.
The report suggested that as the pressure to get married lessens, men were tying the knots only when they were sure and firm on getting married. Men who did marry were increasingly likely to be deciders rather than sliders and therefore were more dedicated, said Mr Benson.
But there are many people who fearing divorce, were put off marriage, and under such conditions sliding into a couple relationships with all the doubts, they could bring in the greatest risk for the couple and for the children that they have, if any.
Sir Paul added that the dramatic fall in divorce rates was good news and should give people confidence in the benefits of this wonderful institution.
It was the instability of co-habitation that was of a greater concern.