“A new, single marriage act will enable South Africans of different sexual orientation, religious and cultural persuasions to conclude legal marriages that will accord with the constitutional principle of equality,” he said.
It’s surely a worthy goal. Equal parenting generally makes for happier and more harmonious relationships. Having two parents involved in caregiving leaves more time for play, with known benefits for the child’s mental, emotional and physical development.
A husband in China has regained his conscious from a five-year coma after his partner nursed him devotedly more than 20 hours a day for nearly 2,000 days. Li Zhihua, from Xiangyang in Hubei Province, sustained serious brain injuries in a traffic accident in 2013. His wife became his sole carer afterwards and she slept only two to three hours a day in order to clean, feed and talk to him.
“My mother is quite anxious for me – she believes getting married and having babies are things that a person must do in their life,” Ran said. “I don’t think so – marriage isn’t essential for me.”
The general marriage rate for males was 43.3 marriages per thousand unmarried males aged 15 to 49 years in 2018, down from 45.7 in 2017, Singstat added. Similarly for females, the 2018 rate was 40.8 marriages per thousand unmarried females aged 15 to 49 years, down from 42.8 over the same period.
The Divorce Reform Bill, currently at the report stage in parliament, will introduce the concept of “no fault” to divorce proceedings in England and Wales. While divorce is often a sad experience, we must ensure that the impact on children is minimised.