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According to a recent study conducted by four advocacy groups, divorce and out-of-wedlock childbearing is putting a financial weight on taxpayers in the U.S.
The study was done by groups who are asking the government to take more action to boister marriages in the country.
Research found that taxpayers are paying more than $112 billion annually due to out-of-wedlock parenting and divorce.
Study Hoped to Prompt Action
Sponsors of the study say they hope the research will prompt lawmakers to invest more money in programs that focus on marriage counseling and strengthening relationships.
Ben Scafidi, an economist from Georgia State University, led the study and was sponsored by four advocacy groups who call themselves part of a nationwide “marriage movement.”
“The study documents for the first time that divorce and unwed childbearing –besides being bad for children-are costing taxpayers a ton of money,” explains David Blankenhorn, president of the Institute for American Values.
Suggestions Made to Lawmakers
The study suggests to both state and federal lawmakers that they consider investing more money into programs that will help maintain healthy marriages.
Programs in states like Oklahoma and Texas have already begun that raise money for marriage education.
(Source: Associated Press)
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