This chapter negates the impression that marriage has substantial benefits only for middle-class individuals, by detailing the positive effects that marriage has on family well-being, particularly for the health and development of children, and for even poorer, less-educated individuals. Fatherhood programs not only implement financial support requirements but also enhance the employment potential of these men. Policies that will help increase the earnings of less-educated fathers and the strengthening of relationship skills can be successful in raising economic and noneconomic well-being, whether or not marriage rates are increased. The chapter also presents ways on how to reduce single parenthood and nonmarital childbearing in the fight against poverty and inequality, as well as options of gender-based help for improving job outcomes.
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