Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Kids in UK More Likely to Have Smartphone than Resident Father

From the Guardian:

Because that’s the main thing, of course. The children. No one flourishes in a home that feels like a war zone, but most children hate it when their parents split up. It has been 26 years since Jacqueline Wilson wrote her book The Suitcase Kid. For an increasing number of children in this country, being a “suitcase kid” has become the norm. In 1971, just 8% of households were headed by a single parent. Now, it’s more like a quarter.

One 2013 study found that 15-year-old boys in the UK were more likely to have a smartphone than be living with their father. Yes, I also had to read that twice. Healthy, happy families can come in all shapes and sizes, but very few people will doubt that most boys want a dad. According to Gingerbread, the charity for single parents, 65% of “resident parents” say their children have direct contact with the other parent. Which means that 35% don’t. There are three million children living with single parents in this country, and 90% of those parents are women. That’s around a million children who never see their dads.

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