Cohabiting is not the same as marriage – 2

Love for A Lifetime

As a father pities his children, So the LORD pities those who fear Him. Psalm 103:13 (NKJV)

Alysse ElHage  in Parents magazine[i] writes about the challenges that children living in cohabiting relationships have, as opposed to those living with parents who are married.  Here are some about which she speaks:

Unstable Unions: Cohabiting couples tend to split up at higher rates than married couples. The Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study (FFCW), found that “nearly half of parents who are cohabiting at the time of their child’s birth break up within five years, compared to only 20% of married parents.”

Complex Families: According to the FFCW study, almost 40 percent of unmarried mothers will cohabit with a new partner after their relationship with their child’s father ends, and 14% will have another child with a new partner. Both the departure of a father and the arrival of…

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