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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Cohabitation Worse than Divorce

From the Washington Times:

Cohabiting is an emerging threat to the health of children and society, two new research reports say.

In the latter half of the 20th century, “divorce posed the biggest threat to marriage in the United States,” sociology professor W. Bradford Wilcox and 17 other scholars said in a report released this week by the Institute for American Values’ Center for Marriage and Families and the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia.

That is no longer the case, they said.

“Today, the rise of cohabiting households with children is the largest unrecognized threat to the quality and stability of children’s family lives,” the scholars said in “Why Marriage Matters, Third Edition: Thirty Conclusions From the Social Sciences.”

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Sure it's a threat. Children need stability. There can be very little stability in a cohabiting household.

Posted by: Tulsa Divorce Lawyers | Sep 9, 2011 12:21:12 PM

The lack of commitment could effect the children's sense of stability.

Posted by: Oklahoma City Divorce Attorneys | Sep 19, 2011 6:58:47 PM

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