This report presents data on parents who have custody of children whose other parent is absent from the home. It focuses on the child support income that custodial parents with current awards received, and other provisions of awards, such as visitation rights, joint custody, and health insurance.
In spring 1996, 22.8 million children under 21 years of age lived with 13.7 million custodial parents while their other parent lived elsewhere. These children comprised about 28 percent of all children under 21 years old living in families.
About 11.6 million or 85 percent of the 13.7 million custodial parents were women (see Table 1). Even though women make up the vast majority of custodial parents, 2.1 million men were custodial parents (15 percent).
Current Population Survey: