Friday, August 26, 2011

U.S. census indicates children of divorce are more likely to be in poverty

A report by the U.S. Census Bureau on marriage indicates, amongst other things, that children of divorced parents are more likely to be in a household below the poverty level (28 percent), compared with other children (19 percent). I suppose it should come as no surprise, but those figures do seem to me to show a substantial difference between the two groups.

Other figures from the report which may also be of relevance on this side of the Atlantic:
  • Children living with a parent who divorced in 2009 were more likely to live in a household headed by their mother (75 percent) than in a household headed by their father (25 percent).

  • They were also more likely to live in a rented home (53 percent) compared with other children (36 percent).

  • Women who divorced in the past 12 months reported less household income than recently divorced men.

  • Women who divorced in the past 12 months were more likely than recently divorced men to be in poverty (22 percent compared with 11 percent).
Again, I suppose that none of this is surprising. Still, quite sobering to read, and raises the question of whether family law could do more to equalise outcomes after divorce.

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