One of the most striking social changes which has taken place in the last few decades is the significant increase in the number of couples who choose to cohabit. Thus, according to Population Trends 145 (Autumn 2011, by Beaujouan and Ni Bhrolcháin), in the early 1960s fewer than one in a hundred adults under the age of 50 in Britain was estimated to have been cohabiting at any one time, compared with one in six in 2011. Cohabitation is no longer regarded as socially deviant. Many people choose to cohabit instead of marrying; and others as a precursor to marriage. Statistics are more difficult to come by than statistics on marriage and civil partnership as there are no registration and court statistics for cohabitation.
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