Parenting has long been a team effort conducted by married couples. People would wait for years to start a family until they have the stability of a spouse to help them with the challenges of parenthood.
These days, more people want to parent without the obligation of a marital partner. Why has single parenting become so much more common?
Professional parents may not need a second income
Better access to education and more technical positions meaning that it is more possible than ever before for a single person to earn enough money to support themselves and a child. Both mothers and fathers can potentially support themselves and a child without a second adult in the family.
Some people see marital relationships as a complication
When you have a spouse and a child, you have to manage the relationships you have with both and the relationship they have with each other. Marriage with children adds multiple layers of complexity and stress to the already difficult job of parenting.
There’s also something to be said about the difference of opinions that parents often experience when raising children together. As a single parent, you get to make all of the decisions. In a family with married parents, you have to speak to your spouse about most everything to avoid causing conflict.
Whether you want to become a single parent through adoption or pursue single parenthood after a divorce, you may need to consider the legal implications of your choice and how best to protect yourself and your child as a single parent. An experienced attorney can help.