In the past 30 years, intact two-parent households have grown smaller and both adults increasingly work outside the home.
The birth rate has been in gradual decline, sliding from an average of three children per family to two children.
61 percent of all married women are in the labor force and single adult households are increasingly common.
Also there has been a decline in the marriage rate.
While there is a continued high frequency of divorce and a declining rate of remarriage, it reveals that 40 percent of all women between 15 and 45 years of age are unmarried. As far as statistic concerning men, 38 percent of all men are unmarried;
10 percent of all households were single-parent households: mother and children, 8 percent; father and children.
61 percent of those who have had children but never married (primarily women), and 77 percent of the separated, divorced and widowed who have children in the home.
Concluding that one quarter of America's children live with only one parent.
It reveals as well that the extended families is no longer there to aid in the rearing of children.
Hence day care centers (including preschools and nurseries) are currently providing care for 30 percent of the nation's children.
Yet adult children are increasingly returning to the parental home due to job insecurity, divorce, and the high cost of housing.
Cohabitation remains an alternative path to marriage.
Elder lawyers are on the rise, educating
Divorce mediation is a growing area where years ago marital counseling was foremost for reconciliation rather than pursuit of a final decree of divorce.
Across the many states between 10 percent and 15 percent of divorced fathers receive physical custody of their children, while years ago it was almost unheard of.
Permanent maintenance (alimony) is disappearing and spousal support is not compatible with the emerging societal views that perceive women separately from their husbands and expects them to be economically productive in pursuit of their own businesses and careers.
A 75 percent decline in the economic status of the former wife is not uncommon.
Another factor that has changed is the need for foster care which is on the up-rise.
Seems that divide and conquer is spreading far and wide.. Men are now equal to women, and Women are equal to men. They adage "It takes a village to raise a child" has become a undisputable fact, and the family institution is a farce!