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Topic - Andrew J. Cherlin
Twenty-four million American children — one in three — are growing up in homes without their biological fathers, the 2011 Census says. Children in father-absent homes, it notes, are almost four times more likely to be poor.
The issue with the current decoupling of childbearing and marriage is two-pronged, he says.
"Up and down the income ladder, across virtually all races, everyone would like to be married," says Cherlin. "Those who think they can do it well do in fact get married. Those people tend to be financially stable and educated."