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Given the cautious assumptions used throughout this analysis, we can be confident that current high rates of family fragmentation cost taxpayers at least $112 billion a year, or more than $1 trillion over a decade. Finding new ways to strengthen mar- riage and reduce unnecessary divorce and unmarried childbearing is a legitimate and pressing public concern.

Because of the very large taxpayer costs associated with high rates of divorce and unmarried childbearing, and the modest price tags associated with most marriage- strengthening initiatives, state and federal marriage-strengthening programs with even very modest success rates will be cost-effective for taxpayers.

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