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Census data shows more men living in single-person homes

On Behalf of | Sep 4, 2013 | Family Law Issues |

There are a lot of statistics available about how people live after a divorce. Most deal with women and children. Census data is often used to determine increases or declines in particular households and the latest census data is no different. The latest Census data reveals that more men in one age group are living by themselves than ever before. Experts believe the rise in divorce rates across the country could be the reason.

In 1970, about23 percent of men between the ages for 15 and 64 lived alone, according to Census data. Today, that percentage has jumped to 34 percent. The jump is attributed to today’s rising divorce rate, but could be specifically due to the rise in divorce rates during the 1970s and 1980s.

There was no change seen in one other very important group – women. The number of women living by themselves did not go up. Experts believe this is due to one very important factor. Children have traditionally lived with their mother after a divorce. While this is not always the case, it happens frequently enough that the Census numbers reflects this child custody trend.

For those contemplating divorce, whether a man or a woman, some considerations will need to be given regarding the family home and other property division. For some, giving up the home where so many memories have been made can be difficult. For others, they want nothing more than a fresh start. Colorado is an equitable division state, which means the court has considerable leeway when it comes to determining what is “equitable” when dividing up marital property. An experienced family law attorney can help you get what is rightfully yours.

Source:, “Men After Divorce Are More Likely To Live In Single-Person Households” Bridget Mallon, Aug. 29, 2013


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