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(RNS) Unmarried couples who live together are staying together longer than in the past — and more of them are having children, according to new federal data that details just how cohabitation is transforming families across the U.S.

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  1. [...] For almost half of women ages 15-44, their “first union” was cohabitation rather than marriage, says the report from the National Center for Health Statistics. For less than one-quarter, the first union was marriage. The report was based on in-person interviews conducted between 2006 and 2010 with 12,279 women ages 15-44…. Read this in full at http://www.religionnews.com/2013/04/08/cohabitation-is-lasting-longer-becoming-more-common/ [...]

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