Is it possible that the Admin add a check box to indicate if a couple are not married yet have children?

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Can acheck box be placed in the marriage section, to indicate a couple how are not married, and there unmarried status show on there profiles!
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Parents do not have to be married. You can attach a mother and a father to a child's profile without connecting the parents to each other at all.
by Lianne Lavoie G2G6 Pilot (423k points)
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If a couple lived together as a couple and had children, you might want to put the year they moved in together as a marriage date and make a note that there was no legal marriage.
by Maureen Rosenfeld G2G6 Pilot (181k points)
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I kind of like the option of it being indicated that the couple were living together...partners, if you will.  To me it gives more credit to the relationship as opposed to the child being a result of 2 "friends" or people that were dating or even a one night stand sort of thing. Personally, I have an Aunt that lived with her partner for over 8 years.  He raised my cousins and they thought of him as their dad and even named their children after him instead of their biological father who they never knew...but because there is not an option for the relationship of my aunt and 'uncle'...and they did not have biological children of their own...it looks like was not a part of the family....and he very much was!
by Danine Bruner G2G Crew (400 points)
In an offline genealogy program I use I enter the phrase "(not married)" in the marriage date field. The program gives me an error message that this is a "non-standard date" but it accepts it. This phrase prints in reports where the date would appear.

I only use this phrase when I know the couple was not married.

If I do not have a marriage date I either leave the date field blank, or may estimate a date. Estimating a date is precarious as there are sometimes unrecorded children, or the marriage happens after a child, or two (or more), is born. I've seen as many as four children being legitimized when a couple married.

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