Number of Single Fathers on the Rise

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Father’s Day is this weekend, and in honor of the big day, we’re looking at a kind of father that doesn’t always get a lot of attention: single dads. One recent calculation using 2010 Census data found the number of single father families nationwide jumped 27 percent in the past decade and nearly doubled since 1990.

Here to give us insights into these shifts is Roberta Coles, chair of Social & Cultural Sciences at Marquette University and author of "The Best Kept Secret: Single Black Fathers."  Alexi Peck is a single father of a 12-year-old girl, he shares custody with his wife.


Roberta Coles and Alexi Peck

Produced by:

Kristen Meinzer

Comments [1]

Clayton from New York City

I posted the same on the 'top of the hour' segment on the site. I thought I'd include the same here since you are specifically dealing with black men:

I just woke up and am listening to the single dad section of your show. I am always looking for news on single fathers and fatherhood involvement.

I am a single father who is divorced from his ex wife. We share custody of our 8 year old daughter and 4 year old son. I had to FIGHT her in order to get this arrangement though. Together, we probably paid lawyers around $75K. A total waste of money.

She wanted me to give her sole custody, pay her 25% of my GROSS income and have visitation. I said no and wound up getting what came naturally.

Since I am a musician and have gigs at night, I have them from 7:15- 6PM M-F and one Sunday a month. I pay her NOTHING. No child support at all.

I absolutely love my children and I am glad I fought for the right to be with them as much as I am. It is tough being a single parent but worth it.

My ex was quite angry at the fact that I wouldn't give her what she wanted, but I'm sure realizes now that I love our kids as much as she does. I applaud all men who fight the system and win! We want to be involved fathers...especially us black men.

Jun. 15 2011 08:51 AM

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