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The following reference ensures statistics of other countries worldwide, rather than just the United States.
There is some debate among experts as to what the important component of the family structure is, particularly in the US, centering on whether or not a complete family or the love and affection of the children's parents is more important.
Recent years have seen the increasing incidence and visibility of uncoupled women who choose to be single parents.
When single women seek to get pregnant intentionally in order to become single mothers by choice (or "choice moms"), they often seek an anonymous or known sperm donor.
Single American mothers live in poverty 5 times more often than married parents.
(National Women's Law Center, Poverty & Income Among Women & Families, 2000-2013) The topic is less contentious in Western European countries where all families enjoy more robust state-sponsored social benefits.
In addition, there is a debate on the behavioral effects of children with incarcerated parents, and how losing one or both parents to incarceration affects their academic performance and social well-being with others.Single parents in the UK are almost twice as likely to be in low-paid jobs as other workers (39% of working single parents compared with 21% of working people nationally).This is highlighted in a report published by Gingerbread, funded by Trust for London and Barrow Cadbury Trust.Single parenting has become a norm in the United States and is a trend found in many other countries.The morality and advisability of single motherhood has long been debated in the US.