In recent decades, writes Wendy Manning, cohabitation has become a central part of the family landscape in the United States—so much so that by age 12, 40 percent of American children will have spent at least part of their lives in a cohabiting household. Although many children are born to cohabiting parents, and cohabiting families come in other forms as well,the most common cohabiting arrangement is a biological mother and a male partner. (Author Abstract)
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Cohabitation and Child Wellbeing.