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Katherine Shonfield

The proportion of marriages ending in divorce is now two in five. Add to this the numbers of couples unblessed by church or state. Doesn't it then seem as if in buying family homes - an act hallowed by the full armoury of this country's most powerful institutions - we are indulging a level of wish-fulfilment that would shame the common- sense of a Cinderella?

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