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Odds-n-Ends :: Cohabiting

More than 8 out of 10 couples who live together will break up either before the wedding or afterwards in divorce.

About 45% of those who cohabit do not marry.

Couples who do marry after living together are 50% more likely to divorce than those who did not.

Only 12% of couples who began their relationship with cohabitation end up with a marriage lasting 10 years or more.

Children of cohabiting parents are ten times more likely to be sexually abused by a step-parent than by a parent.

Children of cohabiting parents are three times more likely to be expelled from school or to get pregnant as teenagers than children from an intact home with married parents.

Children of cohabiting parents are five times more apt to live in poverty, and 22 times more likely to be incarcerated.

 
Issue:Volume 14 :: Issue 08

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