So, You’re a Single Parent, Now What?
Updated: Aug 26, 2019
QuoTina Floyd August 24, 2019
The devastating reality is that there are more single parent households in the United States then there are Married Households. Research suggests that in the United States today, there are nearly 13.6 million single parents raising over 21 million children. Single fathers are far less common than single mothers, constituting 16% of single-parent families. That is a lot of broken homes and broken children. What exacerbates this issue is that as a single parent there aren’t any viable resources available to everyone to help heal the family unit. I am not saying that there aren’t any resources, there just aren’t enough specific to Single parent families.
Some issues that are prevalent among single parent families are custodial issues and parental alienation. The laws are different concerning married couples and single parent families. In Mississippi the laws have not been changed since it seems the 1800s.
If you are a married or divorced the former custody laws apply to you and it states that joint custody is permitted for separated or divorced parents. If you find yourself as an unmarried single parent the laws do not fit but are exercised none the less in the best interest of the child, not necessarily for your best interest.
Too often single parent families are faced with deciding whether certain utilities are more important than buying food. It seems that children are the hungriest when bills are due, which is always! Each case is different, but often the income is few, the bills are many and due, time, time stand still for no one. If it were not for my immediate family’s support I would not have survived mentally when my custodial issue arose. Fast forward to 2019, as a single parent I am dealing with Parental Alienation. As a non- custodial parent, parent without the primary custody rights of a child, I am faced with the other parent withholding access to the child from me. Parental Alienation is just one of the consequences of the degeneration of the nuclear family.
In short, the children pay the price from our expensive and immoral acts. We as parents, as family units, have the power to restore the family unit, rebuild our communities and give hope to a hopeless society. Do your part. Have a Candid Conversation with YOUR family.