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There is joyfulness in the life of a single parent

April 2, 2011
By Kimberly Short Wolfe , The Inter-Mountain

According to the organization Parents without Partners, as of 2000 an estimated 13.5 million single parents had custody of 21.7 million children younger than age 21 whose other parent lived somewhere else. The proportion of the population made up by married couples with children decreased from 40 percent in 1970 to 24 percent in 2000, and one-parent families numbered more than 12 million in 2000. Single-parent households increased from 9 percent in 1990 to 16 percent of all households by 2000. In 2008, that number increased steadily.



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