A Duke University study has unravelled some findings about children born out of wedlock and what it means for the parents and the children. In short, the researchers suggest that the "magic moment" for parents to get married after their baby is born is before the child's third birthday. This is when a lot of federal policies are available and the effects, according to the researchers, last longer than previously known. The researchers also found that 64 percent of children born out of wedlock see their moms get married. The odds of divorce vary if the couple are the biological parents. For non-biological parents, the divorce rate is around 50%, whereas after 10 years the divorce rate drops to 38% for biological parents.
The study surveyed 5,255 U.S. children born out of wedlock across the nation. Read the complete release here.