The Consequences of Divorce or Separation

Stats taken from The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work by John Gottman, and The Unexpected Legacy of Divorce by Judith Wallerstein.

The structure of Canadian families is becoming more diverse. The traditional family of two parents with children is no longer the norm in Canada. In 2006, legally married couples with children made up 34.6% of all families. Only 25 years earlier, in 1981, 55% of all families were legally married couples with children. While the proportion of traditional families has been declining, the proportion of common-law and lone-parent families is increasing. (For more information on family formation and dissolution and societal changes that have led to these trends, see Family Life .)

The proportion of married couples (with and without children) decreased in the 25 years between 1981 and 2001, from 83.1% in 1981 to 68.6% in 2006. Common-law and lone-parent families represented 15.5 % and 15.9% of all families in 2006. Furthermore, lone-parent families accounted for one out of four Canadian families with children. - Statistics Canada


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