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'We Can't Go Back to '50s': More Babies Born Outside Wedlock

40% in the US, 60% in the EU

(Newser) - In a big cultural shift, 40% of all US births now happen outside of marriage, according to a new UN report. That's up from just 10% in 1970, Bloomberg Quint reports. In the European Union, 60% of births occur outside of wedlock. In most cases, the births are to...

More Than 50% of Kids Will Live With Single Mom
More Than 50% of Kids Will Live With Single Mom

More Than 50% of Kids Will Live With Single Mom

Lack of biological dad in kids' lives also ups risk of antisocial behavior: report

(Newser) - In 1965, sociologist Daniel Patrick Moynihan (who later became the iconic New York senator) published a controversial study about the increasing number of black families headed by single moms, in which he asserted that black children growing up without male breadwinners would have a harder time breaking the poverty cycle....

More Unmarried Women Over Age 35 Having Babies

But fewer unwed women overall are having kids, says CDC

(Newser) - Although the birth rate for unmarried women has been slowly declining, middle-aged American women aren't waiting to tie the knot before having kids. According to recent CDC data, birth rates for unmarried females between the ages of 35 and 39 rose a substantial 48% between 2002 and 2012, reports...

Unwed Parents' 'Magic Moment' Lasts 'Til Kid Is 3

Window in which marriage is likely lasts longer than thought

(Newser) - Attention, unmarried-and-maybe-procrastinating parents of the world: Conventional wisdom has long held that you have a "magic moment," or window, after the birth of your child in which it's most likely you'll put a ring on things. But new research from Duke University shows that the magic...

California Rape Law Only for Married Women: Court
California Rape Law Only
for Married Women: Court

California Rape Law Only for Married Women: Court

If attacker impersonates boyfriend, it's not rape: ruling

(Newser) - If an attacker has sex with a California woman by pretending to be her husband, that's rape. But if she's not married and he's impersonating her boyfriend, it's a different story, according to a state appeals court. Judges unanimously overturned the conviction of Julio Morales, who...

Miss Dominican Republic Mrs. Out on Title

She's not single, so she loses crown

(Newser) - The only thing that came between Carlina Duran and her Miss Dominican Republic title was a wedding. Organizers discovered within days of crowning Duran last week that she was married in 2009, making her ineligible to win the contest reserved for single females. Duran, 25, insisted the marriage was "...

More Kids Born to Parents Livin' in Sin

Experts think it's because many are skipping the wedding in a crappy economy

(Newser) - It's a demographic trend to wreck an elementary school chant: First comes love, then comes ... mama and the baby carriage? The number of unmarried new moms living with a male shot up from 9% in 1985 to a whopping 27% from 2003 to 2010, according to a new study....

In Florida, Living in Sin Is Also Breaking the Law

But a lawmaker is looking to change that

(Newser) - You may not know it, but if you’re an unmarried Florida couple currently living together, you’re breaking the law. Such cohabitation is a second-degree misdemeanor, and it could cost you up to $500 or 60 days in jail. The law, which dates back to the 1800s, is in...

Dems Pounce on Schlafly's 'Unmarried Women' Comment

'All welfare goes to unmarried moms'

(Newser) - After conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly claimed that "unmarried women" are all on welfare at a recent fundraiser, Dems are training their sights on the 75 GOP candidates endorsed by the Schlaafly-led Eagle Forum, plan to paint those she has endorsed as extremists and pressure them to reject the endorsement....

The New Boom: Moms Over 35
 The New Boom: Moms Over 35 

The New Boom: Moms Over 35

Today's moms are better educated, less married

(Newser) - For the first time, the number of babies born to women over 35 exceeds the number being born to teens, reports the Pew Research Center. Of 2008's 4 million births, one in seven were to older mothers, while one in 10 were to teens. The new, slightly older face of...

Sarandon, Robbins Call It Quits

23-year relationship ended over summer

(Newser) - Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon have split up after 23 years. The liberal luminaries never married, but they have two sons, ages 17 and 20. The two “have announced that they separated over the summer,” a Sarandon rep tells People . Past that, “no further comments will be...

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