By Matt Allen
The National Marriage Project and the Institute for American Values reports there are 12 times as many cohabiting couples with children as there were in 1970.
By the time children reach 12 years old, 42 percent of them have lived with cohabitating parents while only 24 percent have lived with parents who have divorced, according to the National Survey of Family Growth.
If you are in a cohabiting relationship, you need to be aware of your rights to your children and if your partner has any rights to your assets should the relationship end.
Studies have shown non-marital unions are much less stable so it’s important to protect your interests before a break up.