In the past, there was a social stigma attached to Washington women who got pregnant and had a baby outside of marriage. Now, it's becoming more common and even socially acceptable. According to the Census Bureau, fewer than 60 percent of first-born babies in the United States were born to a married couple. This is the lowest rate ever recorded, while the number of babies born to cohabiting parents - more than 20 percent - is on the rise. This can lead to family law conflicts down the road.
The statistics also show that Asian women over age 25 are most likely to be married when giving birth to their first child. Overall, most women are married when they give birth for the first time, but if the trend continues, married couples with children may soon be the minority.