* In 2002, an estimated 13.4 million parents had custody of 21.5 million children under 21 years of age whose other parent lived somewhere else. About 5 of every 6 custodial parents were mothers (84.4 percent) and 1 in 6 were fathers (15.6 percent).I figure that there must be another 13.4M noncustodial parents to match those custodial parents. Adding the numbers of custodial parents, noncustodial parents, and children, I deduce that there are 48.3 million Americans who are under the supervision of the family courts. That is an astoundingly large number.
* In 2002, 27.6 percent of all children under 21 living in families had a parent not living in the home.
Friday, September 09, 2005
48 million Americans under court supervision
I found this US Census data: