It is well known that children living with single parents are disadvantaged in many ways, in general, when compared with children living with both of their parents. The following information breaks down the quality of life further, outlining how differences in the former marital status of the parent impacts the children. It clearly shows that children of formally married parents are advantaged as compared with children of unwed parents, and it shows that children living with single fathers are advantaged as compared with those living with single mothers, in general.
Children with single parents
how they fare
CHILDREN LIVING AT HOME WITH BOTH PARENTS grow up with more financial and educational advantages than youngsters raised
by one parent, as U.S. Census Bureau statistics have long shown. But even for those children living in single parent homes, the marital status of the
parent can affect the quality of life. Children living with a divorced parent typically have a big edge over those living with a parent who has never married-an even bigger edge if that parent is the father.
DIVORCED PARENTS ARE
About 85 percent of children living with either a divorced mother or
father in 1995 were living with a parent who had finished high school. In
contrast, among children living with a never married parent, fewer than
two thirds had parents who had completed high school.
CHILDREN OF DIVORCED
PARENTS ARE LESS LIKELY TO LIVE
IN RENTAL HOMES...
Of the 19 million children of single parents, two thirds lived in rented homes.  percent of children living with never married parents and one
half (52 percent) of children living with divorced parents lived in rented homes.
AND LESS LIKELY TO BE POOR
Nearly six of 10 children living with only their
mother were near (or below) the poverty line.
About 45 percent of children raised by divorced
mothers and 69 percent of those raised by never
married mothers lived in or near poverty. Children
living with their father (particularly if he was di
vorced) were more likely to be part of a family with
a higher median income than those living with a
Employment was an important reason. While many single parents had jobs, there were 7.4 million children living with single moms who were unemployed or not in the labor force.
Children of never married mothers were twice as likely (59 percent) to have their moms unemployed or not in the labor force as children whose mothers were divorced (29 percent).