Originally Posted by malek
In my opinion, marriage is not "necessary" to ensure the well being of kids. There are a lot of unmarried couples that take good care of their children, just as if they were in a tradional mÃ©nage.
I would personaly recommend marriage just because it's a promise of stability between to persons, however I would not say that it is obligatory...
Marriage also gives social advantadges that are not to be ignored because they are in the interest of the whole family, but I don't have a bad opinion on unmarried couples if they feel comfortable as they are.
Just because you know some people that it works for and that in your "opinion" a kid is just as well off in either relationship, does not mean that those are the facts. Here's a little excerpt for you (I have more if you want):
Children from divorced families drop out of school at twice the rate of children from intact families.
The single best predictor of teen suicide is parental divorce and living in a single parent household.
Children of divorced parents are significantly more likely to become delinquent by age 15, regardless of when the divorce took place, than are children whose own parents are married.
Comparing all family structures, drug use in children is lowest in the intact married family.
Children whose parents divorce have lower rates of graduation from high school and college and also complete fewer college courses.
Children from divorced homes performed more poorly in reading, spelling, and math and repeated a grade more frequently than did children from intact two-parent families.
The college attendance rate is about 60 percent lower among children of divorced parents compared with children of intact families.
Divorce has been found to be associated with a higher incidence of depression, withdrawal from friends and family; aggressive, impulsive, or hyperactive behavior; and either withdrawing from participation in the classroom or becoming disruptive.
Adult children of divorced parents experience mental health problems significantly more often than do the adult children of intact families.