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Cohabitation, marriage and relationship stability

Briefing note

In the government's recent State of the Nation report it was asserted that cohabiting parents have an increased likelihood of separating relative to married couples. In this Briefing Note, we critically appraise this statement, building on analysis contained in our recent IFS Commentary, Cohabitation, Marriage and Child Outcomes.

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Press release
Marriage per se does not contribute much to making relationships more stable when children are young, according to new research.