Are cohabiting parents going out of fashion?


The boom in the popularity of unmarried families has stalled, according to new official figures.

The proportion of babies born to mothers who cohabit with the child’s father has risen by less than one per cent over the past five years – an effective ending of 25 years of spiralling cohabitee motherhood.

The slowdown came alongside new evidence that cohabitee parents are likely to be younger and less well-off than married parents.

The number of babies born to unmarried cohabiting mothers was actually lower last year than in 2011 and 2012, although the new arrivals made up a slightly lower percentage of a higher overall total of newborns.

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