Tuesday Review: Old news

The Daily Mail today gleefully reports that the Marriage Foundation has recommended to Iain Duncan Smith that "a drive to persuade couples to marry rather than simply live together would help combat high break-up rates among cohabitees". Of course, this is lapped up by Mail readers, who comment with such gems as: "Sort the divorce laws out if you want more marriage". It's a tired old mantra, repeated at every opportunity by the Foundation, always missing the point that the 'type' of couples who marry are the type who are more likely to stay together. The act of signing a marriage certificate will not make a jot of difference to the longevity of a relationship.

Also something that we've been aware of for some months, but packaged by Lucy Reed in a rather frightening format, is the drop in representation in s.8 cases. Look at the graph for cases where both parties have a solicitor - tending towards zero. Who would be a judge?

Lastly, back to the Daily Fail Mail for the news that sales of do-it-yourself DNA testing kits are soaring, something else we already knew. I'm not going to say anything about the legality (or morality) of carrying out a DNA test without the consent of one of the 'parties', but I did rather like the (currently, at least) top-rated reader's comment:
"only way they find the real father with 4 guys in a night"
Have a good Tuesday.


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