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CfSJ: One in two children will see parents split by the age of 16, warns new study

Nearly one in two children born today will suffer family breakdown by the age of 16, according to a new analysis of official figures.

The new figure of 48% is markedly higher than the 40% chance of a split recorded a decade ago and has prompted new calls for measures to strengthen relationships.

The study, carried out jointly by the Bristol Community Family Trust (BCFT) and the Centre for Social Justice, also concludes that divorce is not the main driver of family breakdown.

The collapse of cohabiting relationships lies behind the surge in lone parenthood, according to the new analysis.  This finding is reflected in a calculation of the costs of family breakdown.

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