Census reports increase in number of men living alone

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Friday, August 30, 2013.

When a couple splits up, it is rather common for each to start living on their own. Some men may realize they even like living on their own more so than living with a partner.

According to new Census data, there has been an increase in the number of American men living on their own, alone. The divorce rate increase between 1970 and 1980 may be part of the reason for this increase.

According to the data, in 1970, 23 percent of men in the 15 to 64 age range were living in a one-person household. Today, this has increased to 34 percent.

The reason for this may be due to the divorce spike between 1970 and 1980. With more divorces, more people ended up living on their own. However, since many times the women ended up with custody of the children after the divorce, there was no increase in the number of women living in one-person households.

Hearing this though, no father should think it is guaranteed the children will live with their mother post-divorce. Rather, there has been a shift over the years, with more and more fathers being granted sole custody. Many fathers are also now the ones collecting child support and alimony too.

Additionally, even if sole child custody is not what a father wants, all dads should keep in mind that they should still be able to have a say and be involved in the upbringing of their children. In cases where two parents are getting divorced — and a mother is threatening to stop contact between the father and children — this is where an attorney with experience handling fathers’ rights cases should step in.

Source: The Huffington Post, “Men After Divorce Are More Likely To Live In Single-Person Households,” Aug. 28, 2013

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