Parents Who Live Together Are More Likely To Split Up

A University of Virginia/National Marriage Project study found that while the rate of divorce “has returned almost to the levels we saw before the divorce revolution kicked in during the 1970s . . . children are now more likely to be exposed to a cohabiting union than to a parental divorce.”



“In the U.S., the report finds that the breakup rate is 170 percent higher for children born to cohabiting couples up to age 12,” the National Marriage Project reported. “Even in Sweden, children born to cohabiting couples are 70 percent more likely to see parents separate by age 15, compared to children born to married parents.”