A quarter of French families with children are single parents, according to INSEE

September 14, 2021 by archyde

In 2020, 25% of French households with one child were a single-parent family, notes INSEE in a new report published this Monday. A figure which has jumped by 3% since 2011. There are thus in France nearly two million families where the children live with only one parent, without a cohabiting spouse. In 18% of them, it is the father who lives with his children.

INSEE notes that single-parent families are a little more present overseas than in mainland France. In a study published last March, the Institute also notes that in 2020, 12% of children whose parents are separated live in alternate residence. The survey published Monday affirms that 9% of families are blended, or 717,000 families where there is a couple in housing and at least one child born before the union. A share which remains stable compared to 2011.

24% of children from single-parent families are poor

The study also finds that children from single-parent families more often live in precariousness. Thus, 24% of children in single-parent families live in overcrowded housing, against 10% of those in so-called “traditional” families. “The more marked overcrowding of single-parent families can be explained in part by the fact that they often live in big cities or their suburbs, where the dwellings are smaller”, explain the authors of the survey.

INSEE finally assures that in 2018, 41% of minor children living in single-parent families lived below the poverty line, against 21% of all children. In a third of lone-parent families, the parent they live with most of the time does not have a job.

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Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

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