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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