The Instability of Cohabitation

Though many young adults choose to cohabit instead of marry, studies report that marriage is less emotionally taxing than cohabitation and it is better for children and less expensive overall. “Men and women who enter into committed, monogamous relationships are safer, healthier, and more prosperous in every measurable way,” says FRC’s Tony Perkins. According to a new study from the Institute for Family Studies, almost half of cohabiting, college-educated mothers will break up with their partner before their child turns 12. That’s compared to less than one-fifth of mothers who were married when the child was born.

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