The end of Bill and Melinda Gates’ 27 year marriage packed a bigger emotional punch for many people than most celebrity divorces do. It is no surprise that the pandemic year has put even the strongest of marriages under strain. Official divorce statistics aren’t yet available for 2020, but leading law firms, academics and therapists are all reporting early signs that tens of thousands of marriages won’t survive the virus, which may have otherwise. The dream of a white wedding is still intoxicating – but how romantic really is a legally binding contract that locks you into a monogamous relationship, regardless of how bad everything gets for the rest of your life?
Theresa May’s government moved to make blame-free divorce faster and simpler (much to the dismay of religious groups) although economically, the tax system still favours married people. Is a genuinely happy marriage even possible anymore? If the Bezoses and the Gateses can’t make it work, what hope is there for the rest of us?
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Centre for Social Justice
Andrew G Marshall
Partner of SKO, Family Law Specialists
Comedian, author and accidental relationship guru. Author of The Breakup Monologues