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Regional Affairs Council — July 2012

bliss showtop 1 ef Regional Affairs Council    July 2012(Photo: Ed Fischer)

.Today we find a growing number of unmarried yet committed couples raising families.  

Who are they, and why do they make the choice?

KYW’s Hadas Kuznits has this special four-part investigation…

(Ellen Mogell and Jeb Woody own a restaurant together, have a three-year-old son and a daughter on the way, and have no plans to marry.  Family photo provided)

Part 1: Modern Families

The definition of a family has changed from generation to generation.

06/27/2012

(The Majka family: Beth and Daniel with their son, Andrew, on Easter Sunday, 2009 -- five months before their wedding.  Credit: Daniel Majka)

Part 2: Reasoned Choices

In this second part of the series, we examine some of the reasons that committed couples raising children choose not to get married.

06/27/2012

(Ellen Gayda and her boyfriend raised a family without "benefit" of marriage.  Credit: Hadas Kuznits)

Part 3: Impact on Children?

In part three, we examine unwed parenting and the potential impact on the children involved.

06/27/2012

(Mike Dougherty and Leeann Hamilton got married shortly after baby Lucy arrived.  Photo by Mike Dougherty)

Part 4: Some Pros and Cons

Experts say for couples who have children out of wedlock, there can be benefits — and maybe some unanticipated challenges.

06/27/2012