Young singletons on the rise

Baby first, wedding later for majority of under-25s

New official figures show that fewer people than ever are getting married, and many more young people now live alone.

The majority of women in their early 20s now put babies before marriage according to an official analysis published by the Office for National Statistics.

This is the first time in British history that women under 25 are more likely to become mothers before they are to have a trip down the aisle says the Mail.

Until the noughties, more women have been married before the age of 25 than have become mothers.

Among the older generation of women, born during the Second World War and in the immediate aftermath, nearly four out of five were married before their mid-20s and half had had a child.

The findings point to a future in which not only is there no stigma about being born out of wedlock but that it will be the children born to married couples who are in the minority.

However, it is this declining minority of families with married parents who will be richer, better educated and be able to provide better prospects for their children.

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