"Single mothers are nine times more likely to live in deep poverty than the married family, with incomes less than half of the official poverty line."
David J. Eggebeen and Daniel T. Lichter, "Race, Family Structure, and Changing Poverty Among American Children," American Sociological Review 56 (December 1991), 807. Cited on page31 ofThe Abolition of Marriage, by Maggie Gallagher
MORE CHILDREN ARE POOR
Study shows Va. count up 34% from '89 to '93
BY CARLOS SANTOS/ Times-Dispatch Staff Writer
"The number of poor children in Virginia grew by an astounding 34 percent from 1989 to 1993, according to a just-released University of Virginia study. Michael Spar, a demographer with U.Va.'s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, said a primary reason for the increase was a lack of a comprehensive anti-poverty program for children and increases in immigration and in the numbers of divorce and illegitimate births. . . . 'I was very much surprised,' said Spar, an associate professor at U.Va. "
RICHMOND TIMES DISPATCH / Tuesday, November 18, 1997. Sent by the Coalition for Marriage, Family and Couples Education, LLC
"Four times as many divorced women with children fell under the poverty line than married women with children. "
Brian Willats, Breaking Up is Easy To Do, available from Michigan Family Forum, citing Statistical Abstract of the United States, 1993, p. 385.
"Single and divorced mothers, because of their poverty, 'are able to give less social and financial support to their own adult kids.'"
Lynn White, "The Effects of Parental Divorce and Remarriage on Parental Support for Adult Children," Journal of Family Issues (June 1992): 234ff. Barbara Grissis, "Effects of Parental Divorce on Children's Financial Support for college." Journal of Divorce and Remarriage 22, no. 1/2 (1994): 155ff. Cited on page 44 ofThe Abolition of Marriage, by Maggie Gallagher
"Eighty percent of children who grow up in a two-parent household never experience poverty during the first ten years of their lives. By contrast, only 27 percent of children living in single-parent households maintained the same high standard."
"No-Fault Divorce: Proposed Solutions to a National Tragedy," 1993 Journal of Legal Studies 2, 22, citing William Galston, A Liberal-Democratic Case for the Two-Parent Family, THE RESPONSIVE COMMUNITY 14, 17 (1990).
"According to the Census Bureau, children whose parents divorce are almost twice as likely to drop into poverty than they were before the marital split. Overall, children whose fathers leave the home see their household incomes plummet by 26 percent."
Brian Willats, Breaking Up is Easy To Do, available from Michigan Family Forum, citing Suzanne Bianchi and Edith McArthur, Family Disruption and Economic Hardship, U.S. Census Bureau, 1991. Cited in Kenneth Jost and Marilyn Robinson, "Children and Divorce:What can be done to help children of divorce," CQ Researcher, June 7, 1991, p. 358.
"The vast majority of children who are raised entirely in a two-parent home will never be poor during childhood. By contrast, the vast majority of children who spend time in a single-parent home will experience poverty."
Brian Willats, Breaking Up is Easy To Do, available from Michigan Family Forum, quoting Harvard Prof. David Ellwood, Poor Support, (New York: Basic Books, 1988), p. 46.
"A child that is born out of wedlock is 30 times more likely to live in poverty than a child that was born in a marriage and whose parents stayed married."
National Center for Children in Poverty, Five Million Children, 29, Table 2. Cited on page32 ofThe Abolition of Marriage, by Maggie Gallagher
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