1) Changing patterns of; marriage, cohabitation, separation, divorce, child-bearing and the life-course, and the diversity of the contemporary family and household structures

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  • Changing patterns
    • Marriage
      • Fall in number of marriages
      • Later age of first marriage
    • Cohabitation
      • Growth
      • Greater acceptability
      • Types
        • Trial marriage
        • Long-term partnership
    • Separation & Divorce
      • Reasons for divorce
        • Remarriage
      • Increase in divorce after 1969
      • Reconstituted families
      • Legal position
    • Child-bearing
      • Number of children
      • Age of women that they have their first child
      • Changes in parenting practices
      • Lone parent families
    • Life course
      • Consideration of possibilites
      • Singletons - living alone
      • Grandparents

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