Main changes in relationships

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  • Main changes in relationships
    • Marriage & Divorce
      • Peak in 1970, declined since
      • higher proportion of re-marriages (40% in 2005)
      • Average age is rising - 32 for men, 29 for women (2005)
      • 61% of marriages are now civil ceremonies
      • Divorce rates have increased massively in the last 50 years
    • Cohabitation
      • By 1997, 24% of couples were cohabiting
      • Many marry only after the birth of a child
      • Many people choose not to marry at all
      • Homosexual couples
      • Increase in births outside marriage? 75% in 1992
    • Single-parent families
      • 1993 22% lone parents
      • 20% lone mothers, 2% lone fathers
      • 1% by death, 12% divorce, 8% never married -1995
      • British rate of teenage pregnancies - one of the highest in Europe
    • Other
      • Rise in reconstituted families
      • 1998 - 28% single-person households, usually elderly women or divorcees
      • 34% - couples

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