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Lone Parenthood.

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Lone Parenthood Over the last 25 years, one of the biggest changes in the family has been the growth of the lone-parent family. Britain now has one of the highest proportions of lone-parent families in Europe, and the percentage of such families is still growing today. About 23% of all families with dependent children are lone-parent and women head 90% of those. Also more than 21% of all dependent children in Britain actually live in lone-parent families compared to 7% in the early seventies. There are a number of factors that explain the increase in lone-parent families in society today. The main causes of lone-parent families are through divorce, death, and separation and in some cases; people never get married at all. Divorce is the legal termination of a marriage, but this is not the only way that marriages and homes can become 'broken'. ...read more.

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Societies views towards certain issues surrounding lone-parent families are due to the change in norms and values over the last half-century. In 2004, there is a less social stigma attached to lone parenthood today. Women are therefore less afraid of the social consequences of becoming a lone parent. In addition, women's roles have changed and women are now becoming the breadwinners of the family. The women today are throwing the idea of the stereotypical mother out of the window. In the 21st century women no longer want to stay at home, cook, and clean many women today want a career and family later peoples' views are changing. Women today have greater economic independence than ever before, both through more job opportunities and through more support from the welfare state. This means that marriage is a less economic necessity than before. ...read more.

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because I know from personal experience that times can be hard after a divorce, emotionally and financially. Therefore, that is why the welfare system was set-up to give a bit of help. The welfare state exchange money from the one parent to the other with custody a sort of maintenance for the children. So lone parents don't have to suffer in poverty due to the welfare state. In conclusion, I believe that people are making rash decisions being forced into marriage through the perception of society. People no longer have control over their lives its all to easy. In addition, due to the change in the law some people these days divorce for a living. I believe that people have lost the reason for getting married; it is their ignorance to consider is this right for me? Is this what I want? In the end, all these factors produce children stuck between two parents. ...read more.

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