- New MAST Center Brief on Trends in Relationship Formation and StabilityThe Marriage Strengthening Research & Dissemination Center (MAST) recently released a new research brief, “Trends in Relationship Formation and Stability in the United States: Dating, Cohabitation, Marriage, and Divorce.” Co-authored […]
- Challenges Facing Cohabiting Couples Differ from those of Married Couples in this CrisisChallenges Facing Cohabiting Couples Differ from those of Married Couples in this Crisis A briefing paper prepared by Amanda Miller, University of Indianapolis, and Sharon Sassler, Cornell University, for the […]
- The Frontlines of Welfare Reform: Why Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood Programs Succeed or FailThe Frontlines of Welfare Reform: Why Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood Programs Succeed or Fail A briefing paper prepared for the Council on Contemporary Families by Jennifer Randles, Assistant Professor of […]
- Stephanie Coontz cited in SCOTUS decisionCCF Research Director Stephanie Coontz is cited in the SCOTUS decision legalizing same-sex marriage, June 26, 2015. Check out this related story in the Seattle Times.
- Was the War on Poverty a failure? Or are anti-poverty efforts simply swimming against a stronger tide?This month marks the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s declaration of an “unconditional war on poverty.” Yet this month also marks over a quarter century since President Ronald Reagan’s 1988 announcement that the war on poverty was over, and that poverty had won. In this report, University of Maryland sociologist Philip Cohen examines the many early victories, as well as the setbacks in the War on Poverty.
- 50th Anniversary of the War on Poverty: Have we snatched defeat from the jaws of victory?This month marks the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s declaration of an “unconditional war on poverty.” Yet this month also marks over a quarter century since President Ronald Reagan’s 1988 announcement that the war on poverty was over, and that poverty had won. To mark the anniversaries of these very different points in the government’s role in poverty reduction, two researchers from the Council on Contemporary Families assess where we have come from and where we stand today.
- New Jersey’s Historic ‘Civil Union’ OpportunityThe New Jersey Supreme Court has given the state Legislature a historic opportunity, and I don’t mean the chance to allow same-sex couples to marry. The Legislature has the chance to enact civil unions for all couples – same-sex and different-sex. New Zealand does it. So does the Netherlands, under the name “registered partnership.” Maine and the District of Columbia recognize “domestic partnerships” for both straight and gay couples, although both give domestic partners fewer rights than those accorded married couples. Even New Jersey’s current domestic partnership law allows different-sex couples to register – but only if both partners are over 62, presumably a nod to the impact of remarriage on certain pension and retirement benefits.
- How Should We Think About the Taxpayer Consequences of Divorce?Download Full Report as a PDF Download Full Report as a Word Document A new report, “The Taxpayer Costs of Divorce and Unwed Childbearing: First-Ever Estimates for the Nation and […]
- The Steady Rise of Non-Traditional Romantic UnionsBy Michael J. Rosenfeld Professor of Sociology Stanford University email@example.com, 415.205.1892 Prior to 1970, the overwhelming majority of all couples were same-race married couples. Couples who lived together outside of marriage, […]
- Will Providing Marriage Rights To Same-Sex Couples Undermine Heterosexual Marriage? Evidence From ScandinaviaDownload Full Report as a PDF Download Full Report as a Word Document By M. V. Lee Badgett Professor of Economics University of Massachusetts, Amherst As a way to understand […]