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Forget the shotgun wedding

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Posted: Jan 6, 2014 7:30 PM by Michael Marsh
Updated: Jan 6, 2014 7:30 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: "shotgun weddings", mainstream, cohabitation, National Center for Health Statistics, trend

WASHINGTON- Living together has become more common for dating couples in the U.S. who become parents.

The government calls it a cultural shift from the days of the so-called shotgun wedding that avoided family embarrassment over an unplanned pregnancy.

New research from the National Center for Health Statistics shows the share of unmarried couples who move in together after a pregnancy has surpassed what demographers call "shotgun marriages" for the first time.

It means cohabitation has become mainstream.

About 18 percent of all single women who become pregnant move in with their boyfriends.

About 5 percent chose marriage after they get pregnant.

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