According to Child Trends, a Washington research group that has analyzed government data, more than 50% of children born to American mothers under 30 years of age now occur outside marriage.
Even when all age groups are considered, less than 60% of American mothers are married when they have children.
One group resists the trend: college graduates. About 92% of college-educated women are married when they give birth, compared with 62% percent of women with some post-secondary schooling and 43% of women with a high school diploma or less.
There are also large racial differences: 73% of black children are born outside marriage, compared with 53 % of Latinos and 29% of whites.
Almost all of the rise in non-marital births has occurred among couples living together. While in some countries such relationships endure at rates that resemble marriages, in the United States they are more than twice more likely to dissolve than marriages. According to research done at the University of Michigan, two-thirds of couples living together split up by the time their child turned 10.
Because the legal issues facing single mothers and separating unmarried couples are complex, it is important for them to select a New Jersey family law firm with the knowledge, experience and resources to properly represent their interests. Over the years, many people in these situations have turned to Salvaggio Law Group LLC for legal representation.
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