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Are there financial disadvantages impacting children born outside of marriage?

In recent decades, much of the globe has witnessed a retreat from marriage. This means more children are being born outside of marriage, either to single parents or cohabiting couples, in countries around the world. This social change raises a few questions:

The growth of non-marital childbearing, including the growth of childbearing within a cohabiting union is associated with more family instability for children: a UK study claims

In recent decades, much of the globe has witnessed a retreat from marriage. This means more children are being born outside of marriage, either to single parents or cohabiting couples, in countries around the world. This social change raises a few questions:

Children thrive on stable routines with stable caregivers... and cohabitation is less likely to deliver such family stability to children, compared to marriage: a UK study has found

In recent decades, much of the globe has witnessed a retreat from marriage. This means more children are being born outside of marriage, either to single parents or cohabiting couples, in countries around the world. This social change raises a few questions:

UK: couples who are married are far more likely to stay together than those who marry later or remain unmarried #strongerrelationships

A marriage is an intentional, public act of commitment, but cohabiting couples often drift into cohabitation and drift into shared financial responsibilities. They are much more likely to separate because the failure to marry is often the decision of only one partner, and their unwillingness fully to commit destabilises the relationship from the outset (Rhoades, Stanley, and Markman: 2006).

Across the globe, children are more likely to thrive in stable families and more likely to flounder in unstable ones: a study has found #strongerrelationships

There is a growing consensus that the number of parental union transitions matters for children above and beyond family structure, with children being more likely to thrive in stable families and more likely to flounder in unstable ones.

Cohabiting couples have a much higher risk of divorce than non-cohabiting couples: US Study

Based on a US sample of 2,000 premarital couples, they were classified into one of four couple types. Compared to non-cohabiting couples, cohabiting couples comprised a smaller percentage in the most successful couple type (Vitalised) and a significantly larger percentage in the most problematic couple type (Conflicted).

P/E Checkup: a less intensive version of the PREPARE/ENRICH assessment

P/E Checkup is a shorter, more concise assessment version of PREPARE/ENRICH that helps couples celebrate their relational strengths, identify growth areas, and discover ways to have meaningful conversations under the guidance of a P/E Facilitator.

P/E Checkup: a simpler relationship assessment for effective relationship education and enrichment

P/E Checkup is a shorter, more concise assessment version of PREPARE/ENRICH that helps couples celebrate their relational strengths, identify growth areas, and discover ways to have meaningful conversations under the guidance of a P/E Facilitator.

P/E Checkup: A simpler relationship assessment for effective relationship education and enrichment

P/E Checkup is a shorter, more concise assessment version of PREPARE/ENRICH that helps couples celebrate their relational strengths, identify growth areas, and discover ways to have meaningful conversations under the guidance of a P/E Facilitator.

Couple-to-Couple Mentoring: Study shows that couples with strong marriages may be able to play a significant mentoring role for less satisfied couples and become even stronger in the process

Sixty married couples took the PREPARE/ENRICH inventory and were divided into three groups: mentors who had strong marriages, distressed couples who wanted to be mentored, and a control group. The marriage mentors were trained on the PREPARE/ENRICH Program and used the ENRICH Couple Inventory and feedback focusing on 7 topics:

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