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Marriage Not Enough to Guarantee Economic Security

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Publication Date: October 2005

Publisher(s): Columbia University. National Center for Children in Poverty

Author(s): Heather Koball; Ayana Douglas-Hall

Funder(s): Annie E. Casey Foundation

Funder(s): Annie E. Casey Foundation

Topic: Social conditions (Marriage and family life)
Social conditions (Poverty and homelessness)

Keywords: child poverty; low-wage work

Type: Brief

Coverage: United States


Recent public policy initiatives have encouraged low-income parents to marry as a way to become economically stable. But, the data tell a more complex story. Marriage does not guarantee economic security. Not only do the majority of children in single-parent families have parents who were previously married, more than one in four children with married parents is low income.