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London -- The Office for National Statistics reports that the number of children born outside marriage has skyrocketed from 12% in 1980 to 42% in 2004. This development is a reflection of the rising trend of cohabiting parents--together with a rise in single-mother parenting. The UK stands in fourth place among European nations for the number of births outside marriage, after Sweden, Denmark and France.

It is estimated that if this trend continues, more than half of all children born in the UK will be born out of wedlock by 2012. This will present a challenge for society to rethink the concepts of "home," "marriage," and "living together." Psychologists say that, on average, children from single-parent families do not achieve as much or behave as well as those raised by married parents.
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