A study by the Pew Research Center, in association with Time magazine, highlights rapidly changing notions of the American family. And the Census Bureau, too, is planning to incorporate broader definitions of family when measuring poverty, a shift caused partly by recent jumps in unmarried couples living together.
About 29 percent of children under 18 now live with a parent or parents who are unwed or no longer married, a fivefold increase from 1960, according to the Pew report being released Thursday. Broken down further, about 15 percent have parents who are divorced or separated and 14 percent who were never married. Within those two groups, a sizable chunk — 6 percent — have parents who are live-in couples who opted to raise kids together without getting married.
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I hope not. The kids are my main concern. If a couple splits up and they have a home and car and the kids, who is to decide if the woman will be able to have a home and support for her kids if they are not married ?Marriage provides co-ownership and socialtal approval. I think if I was never going to have kids,then being married would not be as important to me but---if you have kids, the least they deserve is two legally wed parents. They deserve financial and emotional security. MY opinion is that I would not feel comfortable sharing with any man unless we were married.I wouldn't have sex without marriage. It is a long tradition and it represents real commitment. Living together allows the partners to be irresponsible if they want to be. And it is for those who feel "trapped" by commitment. TO ME, it doesn't seem healthy..In other words,in my opinion , so please don't jump on me.
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