Ar­ranged mar­riages hap­pier, sug­gests judge

The Daily Telegraph - - News - By John Bing­ham

AR­RANGED mar­riages could make peo­ple hap­pier than mar­ry­ing for love be­cause they re­move the pres­sure to find the “per­fect” part­ner be­fore set­tling down, a for­mer High Court fam­ily judge said.

Sir Paul Co­leridge, founder of the Mar­riage Foun­da­tion think tank, said he had come to the “truly star­tling” con­clu­sion based on find­ings from a study sug­gest­ing that Bri­tish Mus­lim women are more likely to be hap­pily mar­ried than those from other back­grounds.

The re­search used data from the Mil­len­nium Co­hort study, which con­tains de­tails of 15,000 moth­ers who had chil­dren at the turn of the cen­tury. It found 45 per cent of moth­ers from a Pak­istani or Bangladesh­i back­ground said they were “very happy” com­pared with 34 per cent of “white” moth­ers. Sir Paul said: “Mus­lims in ar­ranged mar­riages en­ter mar­riage with­out ar­ti­fi­cial and un­real ‘celebrity’ ex­pec­ta­tions.”

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