(The Telegraph) — Babies born within marriage could become a minority in England and Wales within five years as younger couples turn their back on matrimony, new figures suggest.
According to the Office for National statistics just over half — 52.5 per cent — of women who gave birth in England and Wales last year were married.
That compares to 57.8 per cent a decade earlier and more than 61 per cent at the beginning of the new century.
Although the decline appears to have stalled in the last two years, if it continues at the average rate seen over the last decade, only a minority of babies would be born in wedlock by 2020.
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