More couples delay marriage and cohabit instead

04/10/2013 | U.S. News & World Report

Nearly half of American couples aged 15 to 44 are living together outside of marriage, a growing trend that is increasing the number of babies born to unwed mothers, according to a study by the National Center for Health Statistics. "Cohabiting couples may be waiting for improved financial stability before they make a decision to marry and, in the process, become pregnant and have a baby," says study lead author Casey Copen. "As you cohabit longer, there's more of a chance to become pregnant."

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