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  • How is modern marriage and parenthood evolving?
  • How is modern marriage and parenthood evolving?
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Who needs family when you’ve got friends?

Traditional social structures can seem inconveniently binary for some individuals – not everyone wants to be part of a nuclear family or search for the right partner with whom to raise a child. How do friends, family and strangers now fit into marriages, support networks and parenting choices?

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Traditional relationships can seem inconveniently binary for some individuals, but that’s not to say they’re disappearing; 82% of American Gen Yers don’t agree that marriage is an ‘outdated institution’, and 52% strongly agree that it’s important to them. [1] Nevertheless, people of all generations are seeking alternatives to cookie cutter choices and life events, resulting in the rise of new social norms.

Single parenting was the first iteration of this societal shift, and there are over 12 million such families in the US, 82% of which are headed by mums. [2][3] This was ...

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