Unmarried couples who live together are more fearful of splitting up than those that have wed, study suggests

Mar 13, 2019 by

by Steve Doughty, Mailonline:

Almost four in ten families with unmarried parents are in danger of breaking apart, research suggests.

While 39 per cent of cohabiting mothers and fathers had ‘serious doubts’ their family would stay together, only 27 per cent of married ones had similar concerns.

The international survey found British parents were more troubled by their relationship than those in other countries.

In the US, 36 per cent of cohabitee parents said they had serious doubts. In Canada it was 34 per cent, and in France just 31 per cent.

The findings were based on a survey of nearly 16,500 parents in 11 countries, including 2,344 from the UK. Scientists at the University of Virginia worked on the project for the US-based Institute for Family Studies.

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