1. What are Latin couples like when it comes to marriage now
2. <ul><li>Katherine Martinez, Peruvian American (now 29) tells that in 1980s, none of her elementary-school classmates had divorced parents.
3. Back then, it was assumed you had married mother and father at home.
4. By 2000 when she became a New York City public-school teacher, she noticed a drastic change. </li></ul>
5. <ul><li>The majority of the Latino kids she was teaching were living in single-parent families.
6. 46 percent of Latino kids are born to unmarried mothers.
7. Births out of wedlock are increasing faster among Latinas than any other ethnic group. </li></ul>
8. <ul><li>Research commissioned by the Committee on Population (CPOP) states that Latinas are now living with their boyfriends more frequently than non-Hispanic whites or blacks.
9. This type of changes will affect every aspect of Latino life.
10. As our population grows, it will affect every part of American life. </li></ul>
11. <ul><li>Almost one in four Latino families are currently headed by a single woman.
12. The rate of births out of wedlock rose for all Latinos in the ‘80s and ‘90s.
13. Latinas are working outside home more and attending college at higher rates than ever.
14. This is giving them the economic independence to leave—or never enter—an unhappy marriage. </li></ul>
15. <ul><li>Edith Gonzalez, 28, a single mother in Arcadia, California says that if she had gotten pregnant in another era, she would definitely felt pressure to marry the father.
16. New attitudes among Latin singles men, namely a decline in social pressure to marry a woman they’ve gotten pregnant is a big reason for this also. </li></ul>
17. <ul><li>Ramiro Valle, 39, Mexican and a divorced father of two boys, 11 and 14, in Queens, New York says that among the younger generation, the old way of thinking is gone and that they actually see it as more normal not to marry.
18. 14 years ago, when he got the casual girlfriend pregnant, it never occurred to him not to marry her, even though he didn’t love her. </li></ul>
19. <ul><li>Sociologists believe some of the rise in single-parent families is due to old-school Latino males struggling to accept new gender roles within the family.
20. Bureau of Labor Statistics figures show that Latino men earn the lowest wage among all men.
21. Latino male and female average wages are the most equal of any ethnic group. </li></ul>
22. <ul><li>This could account for the fact that in this community, one out of every three first marriages ends in divorce within 10 years.
23. There’s no doubt that mothers going it alone face greater challenges, and children often suffer for it.
24. According to statistics from 2004, just under 46 percent of Latino children in single-mom households lived in poverty. </li></ul>
25. <ul><li>Just 17 percent of Latino kids in married, two-parent homes lived in poverty.
26. Studies also show that children raised in peaceful single-parent homes may be healthier emotionally than those growing up with two parents who argue frequently. </li></ul>