The difference between married and “partnered” mothers

Nicole M. King | 09 April 2015
Married mothers are at a significant advantage.

Moving in, breaking up

Nicole M. King | 21 January 2015
Don't risk relationship satisfaction.

Married parents vs cohabiting parents

Nicole M. King | 20 August 2014
Married parents are economically advantaged and less likely to separate.

Do we even need marriage anymore?

Nicole M. King | 13 May 2014
Cohabitation and marriage rights are looking more similar, but married people are happier.

Are married or cohabiting couples happier?

Nicole M. King | 30 September 2013
Married men and women enjoy better subjective well-being than do their cohabiting peers.

Men and women move in together with very different expectations

| 11 July 2013
Cohabiting men are less committed than their female partners.

The real lives of 20-somethings

| 26 March 2013
Pop cultures gives a false impression of the lives of twenty-something Americans by leaving out the children they are having, marriage scholar Brad Wilcox writes in Slate.

Marriage is different from cohabitation - Canadian court

Carolyn Moynihan | 26 January 2013
The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that Quebec can exclude cohabiting couples from receiving spousal support in the event of relationship breakdown.

Are married folks happier than those who cohabit?

Mariette Ulrich | 26 October 2012
The short answer, according to a recent study, is Yes, No, Maybe, and It depends.

“I commit to live with you ... for as long as it works out”

Carolyn Moynihan | 30 April 2012
We have talked a fair bit on this website about cohabitation. Here's a video on the subject that pulls no punches.

Sliding versus deciding: the risks of cohabitation

| 17 April 2012
The popular belief that moving in together before marriage is a good way to avoid divorce is simply not borne out by the facts, warns psychologist Meg Jay.

Why “Madmen” actor won’t get married

David Quinn | 22 March 2012
“My parents got divorced when I was two and never remarried. So it doesn’t mean anything to me,” says Jon Hamm, alias Don Draper.

Why working class young adults are missing out on marriage

Carolyn Moynihan | 21 March 2012
Why are young working class Americans not marrying? Why are they having children outside the security of marriage? Researchers went out and asked the young people themselves.

Shouldn’t we just normalise cohabitation?

Carolyn Moynihan | 29 August 2011
Is shacking up only a problem because the couples lack social acceptance?

Getting it wrong on cohabitation

Tom O'Gorman | 04 August 2011
A new study by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) indicates that children raised by cohabiting couples do no worse on average than children raised by married couples once socio-economic background is taken into account, and therefore there is no good reason on the part of the State to encourage marriage.

Divorce and cohabitation are wrecking Britain, says judge

Carolyn Moynihan | 18 July 2011
You might think from the millions of words spilled on the subject lately that the worst thing to have happened to British society in the past 50 years is the News of the World phone hacking scandal. It’s not. A more serious contender is divorce, according to a senior family court judge.

Behind mothers who abuse, an absence of marriage

Carolyn Moynihan | 04 July 2011
Among the most distressing news stories are those featuring mothers suspected, accused or convicted of killing their children or of standing by while their infants were fatally abused.

Reject cohabitation! Pope urges young Croatians

Carolyn Moynihan | 08 June 2011
During a brief visit to Croatia at the end of last week, Pope Benedict addressed a crowd of over 400,000 people at the country's first annual family day in the capital, Zagreb.

Domestic finances: Mine. Yours. Ours?

Mariette Ulrich | 14 February 2011
An interesting article on Slate recently discussed the financial habits of contemporary couples. Author Jessica Grose took a detailed look at how people approach the issue of whether or not to share money and bank accounts.

The American family: torn by a culture of rejection

Carolyn Moynihan | 13 January 2011
We hear a lot about family breakdown but not much that throws light on its true extent, or on the causes. A new study remedies that by describing the parental relationship in terms of either “belonging” or “rejection”.

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