Countries in Asia and the Middle East are the least likely to have children raised in single parent households.On the other hand, the 3 areas of the world that are most likely to have non-marital childbearing are Latin America, South Africa, and Sweden.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.Sometimes, one finds themselves in a single-parent family structure that has arisen due to death of the partner, intentional artificial insemination, or unplanned pregnancy.Historically, the death of a partner was a major cause of single parenting.
Single-parent families in New Zealand have fewer children than two-parent families; 56% of single-parent families have only one child and 29% have two children, compared to 38% and 40% respectively for two-parent families.
It is not to be confused that if you co-parent, both parents are playing a role of supporting and raising the child. 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 parenting can also result from the breakup or divorce of coupled parents who leave and choose to not co-parent, thus leaving one parent to raise and support the child on their own.
Most people confuse single parenting with co-parenting.