A new report released by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has revealed that the rate of children being born to unmarried couples in the United States has nearly doubled over the last decade.
According to the report, more than 22 percent of first births between 2006 and 2010 were among unmarried women compared to 12 percent in 2002.
The report also said that this number has more than tripled since 1985 and in majority of the cases; the child has both the parents in contrast to widely held belief that for births outside of marriage, only one parent is present.
Lead researcher Gladys Martinez attributed this rise in unwed mothers to increasing number of couples opting for a live-in relationship. "More people are cohabiting. It's more likely that they are going to have children when in cohabiting unions. It's thought that in births outside of marriage, one parent isn't present. But our data is showing that a large proportion do have two parents, even though [they're] not formally married", she said.