Cohabiting couples are more fearful of splitting up than married people

Almost four in ten families with unmarried parents are in danger of breaking apart, research suggests. Statistics show unmarried couples are more fearful.

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 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.

When asked if their relationship was more important than other things in their life only 54 per cent of cohabitee parents put their partnership first.

By contrast, 71 per cent of married parents said their relationship was their top priority.


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