This allows for a further differentiation of single fathers—those who have no spouse or partner living with them and those who are cohabiting. But as we watch Gardner work hard and care tenderly for his son, it becomes clear that there is no better place for the little boy to be than with his dad.
Add to that the increasing number of parents who choose to have children on their own and you have a rising cohort of single parents, with single fathers outpacing mothers in growth.
There are significant differences in the profiles of each of the single father groups. Single Fathers are Younger, Less Educated Among household heads who are fathers, some are more likely to be single dads than others.
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They also tended to eat less fruits and vegetables, and binge-drink more frequently than the other groups. Here are five facts about single-father families that provide a glimpse into who they are and how they differ from single-mother families.
Moreover, the share of children living in poverty is about twice as high among those living with single mothers as those living with single fathers.
While the bulk of single fathers among younger men are cohabiting, the reverse is true for fathers ages 40 and older—most of these single fathers have no spouse or partner in their household.