I don't know
I don't care
The poverty numbers reflect that people who are poor are less likely to wait until they get married. Being married doesn't make them rich all of a sudden.
Now CP i can tell you from experience in the state where I live 50% of every thing you have worked for is gone, multiply 50% x 2, and then add in child support it's not a pretty picture. After divorce #2 I tried a new strategy I found a lady from another country we lasted 7 years and now I am trying and have been for four years a southern lady but at the moment it is not looking to good. So you are 30 and feel like you have made it, it is to bad we can't read our partners mind then maybe we could feel more secure and do the real things to keep one another happy.
Doesn't matter anymore.
While I do think that a stable couple is best for the children, the only thing a marriage license does is make it more expensive on everyone if it ends.
btw - when I said 'rich' it was not money by any stretch of the imagination. If I remember our first year of marriage, we made less than five grand and it was a slow climb each year from there. We ended up really well and comfortable. But again that goes back to a conservative life style and working those full time jobs.
There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.... John Rogers
People should not engage in conduct that imposes costs on others. Some wealthy people who can provide completely for a child with no husband or wife can raise a child properly as a single parent. Most cannot. Having children out of marriage is the single best predictor if a child will end up in poverty or in jail