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Single-fatherhood has increased 183% since 1990

It is not just women that head Georgia's single-parent households. Rather, there has been a tremendous increase in single-fatherhood over the past 20 years. Although the number of single-mothers has doubled, single-fathers, who compose 15% of the single-parent households in the United States, is up 183%.

Family law has long favored mothers when awarding child custody, but the law has slowly been changing to include more rights for fathers. Of course, there are still many laws that presume a child will do better with its mother than with its father after a divorce or if the parents had never been married. There are also many people who will just assume a single-parent is a single-mother.

Being a single-dad is not without its difficulties either. There are early mornings and shuttling the kids to and from school, all while maintaining the home and holding down a job. This is really not that different than a single-mom's responsibilities, however. On the other hand, for those fathers raising daughters, there are all of the questions revolving around feminine hygiene. For one Florida father, this required a trip to the doctor for some advice on how to keep his daughter happy and healthy.

This Floridian and his daughter have their ups and downs. His daughter misses her mother and he gets emotional himself when his daughter cries at the sound of her mother's voice. While being a single-father is hard at times, the single-father said, "I wouldn't trade nothing [sic] for what I have now. It's a gift."

Currently there are an estimated 1.7 million single-fathers in the United States.

Source: Highlands Today, "New trend: single fathers," Gary Pinnell, 5 July 2011

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