Single Parents

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Single parents, most of whom are single mothers, have high poverty rates and high joblessness rates. Legal Momentum advocates for public policies to improve the economic security of single parents and their children.

Poverty Statistics Related to Single Parents

  • Over one quarter of U.S. children reside with only one of their parents.
  • As many as half of U.S. children may reside in a single parent family at some point in their childhood.
  • Single mother families have a poverty rate around 40%.
  • Single mother families now account for a majority of all poor families with children.

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