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Cohabitating Families Falling Apart: In Great Britain 75% of all family breakdowns affecting young children now involve unmarried parents, finds new research. An estimated 88,000 children aged under 5 were affected by the separation of their unmarried parents in β€˜03, compared with about 31,000 children under 5 whose married parents divorced. According to the β€˜01 census, 59% of households with children are married, 11% are co-habiting and 22% are single parent families. Harry Benson, author of the research says, β€œThe evidence is irrefutable. Unmarried parents are 5 times more likely to break up than married parents.” (World Congress of Families: Family Update Online 8/2/05)

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