'Marriage before baby in carriage' is recipe for success

10 March 2015 - 02:21 By ©The Daily Telegraph
Recent research explores what makes for a happy marriage in the long run.
Recent research explores what makes for a happy marriage in the long run.
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Couples who get married before having children are more likely to stay together than those who don't, new research claims.

People who start a family but never marry are almost three times more likely to split up before their children are in their mid-teens than married couples, the study by the Marriage Foundation, in the UK, found.

The report on the study said that 76% of mothers who were married before having children were still with their husband by the time their first child was 13 or 14 . By contrast, only 44% of the those who married after becoming mothers, and only 31% of those who never tied the knot, were still together with their partner at the same point.

Only 24% of those who married before having children split up, compared with 69% of those who never married.

Of those who were still together by the time their child was 14, 93% were married - most of them since before the first child was born.