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A Marshall Plan for Marriage – Rebuilding Our Shattered Homes
Posted By Sarah Torre On June 9, 2011 @ 11:48 am In Culture | Comments Disabled
Marriage in America is in serious trouble. More Americans are cohabitating , fewer are marrying , and if they do wed it is at a much later age  than previous generations. Although divorce rates have declined slightly over the past 20 years, pervasive no-fault divorce laws allow marital dissolution to continue  plaguing American communities. Four out of 10 children are now born outside of marriage , increasing government dependence  by leaving thousands more children without the social and economic stability of married households.
Given the profound impact of intact, married families on child well-being , efforts to encourage and strengthen marriage are urgently needed. Just as the U.S. formulated a plan to help European countries recover after World War II, national leaders should implement a new Marshall Plan – one that rebuilds American homes and restores a culture of marriage. In a new Heritage paper , Senior Research Fellow Chuck Donovan describes the state of marriage in America and outlines a number of principles national leaders can follow to better encourage and support stable families:
The nation’s leaders must make a concerted effort to address family dissolution and marital breakdown. As Donovan concludes , “Halting and reversing the sustained trends of nearly four decades will not happen by accident. The nation needs to forge a fresh American consensus that rescuing marriage – a Marshall Plan to rebuild shattered American homes – is a matter of the highest national priority.”
Read more  about the need for a Marshall Plan for Marriage and what national leaders can do to restore a culture of marriage.
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URLs in this post:
 cohabitating: http://www.familyfacts.org/charts/110/one-in-10-couples-living-together-is-unmarried/?utm_source=policy&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=culturewatch
 fewer are marrying: http://www.familyfacts.org/charts/150/the-proportion-of-married-adults-has-decreased/?utm_source=policy&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=culturewatch
 much later age: http://www.familyfacts.org/charts/102/men-and-women-are-marrying-later/?utm_source=policy&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=culturewatch
 marital dissolution to continue: http://www.familyfacts.org/charts/120/the-divorce-rate-is-declining-but-still-high/?utm_source=policy&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=culturewatch
 Four out of 10 children are now born outside of marriage: http://www.familyfacts.org/charts/205/more-than-four-in-10-children-are-born-to-unwed-mothers/?utm_source=policy&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=culturewatch
 government dependence: http://www.heritage.org/Research/Projects/Marriage-Poverty/Marriage-and-Poverty-in-the-US
 child well-being: http://www.familyfacts.org/briefs/6/benefits-of-family-for-children-and-adults/?utm_source=policy&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=culturewatch
 new Heritage paper: http://www.heritage.org/Research/Reports/2011/06/A-Marshall-Plan-for-Marriage-Rebuilding-Our-Shattered-Homes?query=A+Marshall+Plan+for+Marriage:+Rebuilding+Our+Shattered+Homes
 better off financially: http://www.familyfacts.org/charts/340/married-couple-families-have-higher-incomes/?utm_source=policy&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=culturewatch
 social and economic benefits: http://www.heritage.org/Research/Reports/2010/01/Marriage-Parentage-and-the-Constitution-of-the-Family?query=Marriage+Parentage+and+the+Constitution+of+the+Family
 cost of divorce: http://www.georgiafamily.org/resources/research/taxpayer-costs-of-divorce
 Culture Watch: http://www.paramountcommunication.com/heritage/index.aspx
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