Changing Patterns of Family Life: Lone-Parent Families



- According to the ONS, there were 3 million lone-parent households in the United Kingdom in 2015 out of a total of 18 million households.

- This figure has increased in number since 1996 where there were 2.4 million out of 16.5 million households.

- This is a slight increase in the percentage of families headed by one parent over the last 20 years.

Reasons for the Rise in Lone-Parent Families

- Changing position of women.

- Changing attitudes to relationships.

- Less stigma attached to lone parenting.

- State support for parents.

Changing Position of Women

- Women petition for two thirds of divorces in the United Kingdom demonstrating a change in attitudes of women towards marriage.

- Women have become financially independent and increasingly career focused, which has improved the confidence of women to seek out what they want from life.


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