Daily Mail (Aust) February 22, 2010
Married parents are 10 times more likely to stay together than cohabiting couples with children, according to UK research. The study also showed cohabiting has become a less stable form of relationship compared with 18 years ago, with couples more likely to separate. Figures show that in 1992, 70 per cent of couples who had children after they were married stayed together until their child’s 16th birthday. This increased to 75 per cent in 2006, showing that marriage has become a more stable family background for youngsters. However, only 36 per cent of cohabiting parents stayed together until their son or daughter reached 16 in 1992. By 2006, just 7 per cent of couples who were unmarried when their child was born were still cohabiting by their 16th birthday.
..The study, Cohabitation in the 21st Century, from Christian thinktank the Jubilee Centre said its analysis was based on almost 30,000 family cases. It shows that less than one in 19 of all couples who live together (5.3 per cent) have been together for 10 years or more. The study also suggests cohabitation does not serve as a trial marriage or reduce the odds of divorce.
Cohabitation in the 21st Century : http://www.jubilee-centre.org/resources/cohabitation_in_the_21st_century