Telegraph (UK) 13 July 2011
Getting a divorce is easier than getting a driving licence, a senior judge said yesterday as he warned family breakdown affects everyone including the Royal Family. Sir Paul Coleridge, a Family Division judge, suggested people need to “re-educate” themselves about the value of stable relationships for the good of the whole of society. About 3.8 million children are estimated to be caught up in the family justice system, with no sign of that number coming down, he said. “Everyone in the land, from the Royal Family downwards, is now affected by family breakdown,” he told BBC Radio 5 Live. “It affects the lives of children themselves, it affects the lives of their parents … the wider family gets caught up in it. “It then ripples out to the local community, the schools and then into the wider community.” The judge blamed the problem on social changes over the last 50 years, including a shift in attitudes towards cohabitation and having children out of wedlock.