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Children and Divorce Statistics (2009)

  • In 2010, there were about 75 million children ages 0-17. Sixty-nine percent of them lived with two parents (66 percent with two married parents and 3 percent with two biological/adoptive cohabiting parents), 23 percent lived with only their mothers, 3 percent lived with only their fathers, and 4 percent lived with neither of their parents.
  • Among children living with two parents, 91 percent lived with both of their biological or adoptive parents, and 9 percent lived with a biological or adoptive parent and a stepparent. About 70 percent of children in stepparent families lived with their biological mother and stepfather.
  • About 5 percent of children who lived with two biological or adoptive parents had parents who were not married.
  • The majority of children living with one parent lived with their single mother. Some single parents had cohabiting partners. Twenty percent of children living with single fathers and 10 percent of children living with single mothers also lived with their parent's cohabiting partner. Out of all children ages 0-17, 5.0 million (7 percent) lived with a parent or parents who were cohabiting.
  • Among the 3.0 million children (4 percent of all children) not living with either parent in 2010, 54 percent (1.7 million) lived with grandparents, 21 percent lived with other relatives only, and 24 percent lived with nonrelatives. Of children in nonrelatives' homes, 27 percent (200,000) lived with foster parents.
  • Older children were less likely to live with two parents--65 percent of children ages 15-17 lived with two parents, compared with 68 percent of children ages 6-14 and 73 percent of those ages 0-5. Among children living with two parents, older children were more likely than younger children to live with a stepparent and less likely than younger children to live with cohabiting parents.

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