Friday 16 November 2018

We don't need wishful thinking on divorce facts

The growing proliferation of family forms is not something to be celebrated, writes Professor Patricia Casey


In her article in last week's Sunday Independent analysing changing attitudes to family life ('Hello Divorce, and hello to all the different kinds of modern family'), Carol Hunt addresses a very important issue. That issue is the decline of marriage relative to other forms of family and the consequences of this.

In her piece, Hunt quotes from a recent paper published by The Iona Institute of which I am a patron. Unfortunately, she misquotes it. The paper is called Marriage breakdown and family structure in Ireland and it was released to widespread publicity last September.

According to Hunt, our paper revealed that divorce in Ireland has risen by 500 per cent in the last 20 years.

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