Posted by Patrick Hart, Partner
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Births are most likely to take place within marriages and civil partnerships
Data released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revealed that children in England and Wales are still more likely to be born to married couples or civil partners.
The report – called “Births by Parents’ Characteristics in England and Wales, 2014” – shows that more than half (53 per cent) of births took place with couples that were either married or in a civil partnership.
This is despite the fact that the number of births among married couples has continued to fall since the 1960s, and the figure also represents a drop of five per cent from the figure in 2004.
In 1964, only seven per cent of births took place outside marriage, which demonstrates how much the trend has changed over the last 50 years.
84 per cent of births in 2014 were to parents who were married, in a civil partnership or cohabiting, 10 per cent were registered by parents living at separate addresses, and 5.4 per cent were registered by the mother alone.
The statistics also show that there is now a significant difference between age groups.
For example, in 2014, 96 per cent of women who were under the age of 20 when they gave birth were not married or in a civil partnership, but in the 35 to 39 age category the figure stood at a much lower 32 per cent.
Another interesting fact highlighted by the survey was that babies born to married couples or civil partners are more likely to have an older father.
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