Marriage Realities

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Many family-related factors affect how children fare and develop over time, and marriage is one of them. Research suggests that children thrive when they are raised by two parents who have a stable marriage.  

  • Less than 10% of teen births occur within marriage. 

  • Teen mothers are unlikely to marry the biological fathers of their children.

  • Teen mothers who do marry often end up in unstable marriages.

  • Unmarried fathers are less likely to be involved in their children's lives.

  • Reduced involvement of fathers is associated with reduced child well-being.

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