Judicial support for the Marriage Foundation - a step too far?
By Michael Kennedy
The Marriage Foundation was launched last week, with the full
support of a senior family judge: Mr Justice Coleridge.
The Foundation aims to champion the case for marriage: "one of
our primary aims is to reduce the number of children caught up in
the family justice system (currently 3.8 million) and the misery
which they experience as a result".
The reason that support from a High Court judge, for the
Foundation, is being seen as a little controversial, is due to the
fact that, by standing up for the institution of marriage, it could
be said that Mr Justice Coleridge is less approving of other
relationships e.g.: cohabitation and single parents.
And what, one may ask, will be the position of The Foundation on
the increasingly prominent issue of marriage between partners of
the same sex? Currently, it appears that the Foundation intends to
stay out of the fray, which may be of some relief to Mr Justice
Where there must be unanimity, surely, is in relation to the
need to ensure that, where there is relationship breakdown (of
whatever type), that the children of those unions be protected from
what the Foundation has described as a miserable experience.
We, here at Switalskis, always aim to ensure that that is the
case. Where children are involved, we aim to ensure advice
and representation is carefully tailored so that there is as little
distress caused to them as possible.
We shall have to wait and see how the work of The Foundation
develops; to what extent it appears to have an impact on family
policy and to what extent its main judicial champion takes an