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Huge rise in unmarried families

Latest statistics show 30 per cent rise in the instance of babies born outside wedlock in the last 25 years.


Posted: 21 February 2006
by ThinkBaby

The latest statistics about societal trends in the UK identify a massive increase in the number of babies being born to unmarried parents. In 1980, only about a tenth of babies were born to unmarried parents but in 2004 that figure was 42 per cent. The Office for National Statistics says that the average across Europe is 33 per cent.

There are several reasons for the shift, including the increase in cases of divorce, single-parent households and the changing perception of an unmarried lifestyle that once upon a time would have been a source of stigma.

The figures collated also show how single parent care compared to care within married and unmarried couples' homes affected a child's mental health.

For more on the latest statistics click here.


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Do you think it's important to be married before you have children?

Posted: 21/02/2006 at 14:56

different familys have different views, fo instance on my side of the family there not been a pregnancy outside of marriage as far as i know certainly not since my great grandparents. however on the wifes side her late mum had three children before getting married an autie was 8 months pregnant when she got married and her uncle has 2 children outside of marriage and her late sister had two children and never married and thats just on the maternal side of the family.
my wife was adament we'd get married before children and so we were our first born is due in 2 days and in a month we'll have been married 2 years, we were also married when we got our foster son as well, we scrapped our honeymoon to attend a foster panel to be approved foster carers, and we've had him 2yrs in may.

Posted: 21/02/2006 at 15:08

Depends on your views really. Me and Steve "accidently" concieved Freya on our "first" night together. So when she was born we had actually only been together 10months! Obviously we wouldn't get married just because we have a child. Yes, it is a commitment but marriage I feel is a different one. I would LOVE to marry Steve but not because of Freya because I want to and we would have progressed to that point anyway. Its quite an old fashioned veiw to be born "out of wedlock" I think. But maybe its because I am 22 and associate that view with my grandparents?

Posted: 22/02/2006 at 17:04

Me and my partner Simon have a little boy together who is now 4months,Oliver!We have been together 4years now and have lived together from the day we met and are not married yet, we love each other very much and eventually want to get married. Married or not we are extremley happy and as long as Oliver sees this being married wouldnt change a thing.Both mine and Simons parents are divorced and i can admit this has affected us both in different ways but if couples are going to split up they are going to do it married or not.

Posted: 21/04/2006 at 20:25

i want to marry my fincee of 2 years but i am going to wait untill we both think the time is right . we are expecting our first baby in febuary and i w2anted him to marry me but when i thought about it why marry because you are having a baby marry because you want t0o so when the time is right we will

Posted: 15/08/2006 at 15:14

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