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Apr

26

Could 20-Something’s Parents Be Behind the Slower Path to Marriage?

by Barbara Ray

  A 2012 study finds that college students think 25 years old is the “right age” to get married, while a majority of parents feel 25 is still a little too soon. “The assumption has been that the younger generation… More

Apr

25

Bucking the Trend and Marrying Young

by Amber Lapp

One married friend of mine, who just completed a master’s program and had her son two days before my son was born, told me that one of her grad school study buddies would often give her a hard time about… More

Apr

23

The Costs to Society and Children of Unintended Pregnancy

by Barbara Ray

Nearly half of all pregnancies in the United States are unintended, and nearly half of all births to unmarried twenty-something women are unintended. While some of these “woops” pregnancies occur within marriage, a high share are to cohabiting couples or… More

Apr

22

Could Pregnancy be a Reason NOT to Get Married?

by David Lapp

A shotgun marriage today carries a different stigma– of marrying for all the wrong reasons.   In “Promises I Can Keep,”  Kathryn Edin and Maria Kefalas find that among the poor single mothers they interviewed,  “Nearly everyone has a morality tale to… More

Apr

19

True Love Need Not Wait

by Barbara Ray

Coauthor of the Knot Yet report, W. Bradford Wilcox, adds some nuance to the typical story about early marriage in his post at Huffington Post this morning. “20something marriage is a definite no-no in the eyes of many journalists, academics, parents,… More

Apr

17

Where Will Marriage Go From Here?

by Barbara Ray

Two stories, two different marriages reveal how marriage has evolved. But is there room to evolve even further? Julie and Steve had their first date as juniors in high school in St. Paul, Minnesota. For Julie, Steve was a nice… More

Apr

15

Taxes and the “Marriage Penalty”

by Barbara Ray

Six hours to get your taxes filed…  On this tax day, we take a look at the pros and cons of the “marriage penalty” that’s built into our tax code. The New York Times’ “room for debate” column features several… More

Apr

12

Poverty Haunts Far Too Many Young Adult Families

by Barbara Ray

Poverty is a trap that no one wants to fall into. And yet, as of 2011, about one in five 18-24-year-olds was in poverty and about 16% of those 25-34 were. With the exception of kids under age 5, young… More

Apr

10

Keeping Young Fathers Involved with Their Children

by Barbara Ray

How do we keep young fathers involved in their children’s lives? As ample research has shown, many young men are in the delivery room when their child is born. Yet five years later, the number of involved fathers has dwindled. A father’s involvement… More

Apr

08

The Slide into Parenthood and Out of the Middle Class

by Barbara Ray

Twelve years ago, Crystal (her name is changed on her request) was in her high school’s  locker room with her girlfriend waiting the results of a pregnancy test. Crystal was 17. And she was devastated. She and her boyfriend had… More