Many Children with Married Parents Are Low Income

Koball, Heather; Douglas-Hall, Ayana

Recent public policy initiatives have encouraged low-income parents to marry as a means of attaining economic security. But, the data tell a more complex story. Marriage does not guarantee economic security. Not only do the majority of children in single-parent families have parents who were previously married, but over a quarter of children with married parents are low income.

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National Center for Children in Poverty
National Center for Children in Poverty, Columbia University
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July 7, 2010