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1.2 million children live in a blended family


1.2 million children live in a blended family and 2.2 million live in a single-parent family. These are the results of an INSEE study. (News of 13/10/09)

9% of minor children live in a stepfamily

  • France has 580,000 step familiesor 1.2 million children under 18 years of age involved in this family pattern. Of these, nearly 800,000 live with a parent and step-parent, most often a father-in-law.
  • In half of these blended familiesthere is a child of the current couple. 380,000 children live in a stepfamily, with their half-brother or half-sister, but with both parents.
  • The gap between half-brother and half-sister is important. On average, 7 years separate the youngest child born from a previous union and the oldest from the current union.

In stepfamilies, women are older than men

  • In a family recomposed on three, the woman is older than the man, she is on average 38.2 years old.

2.2 million children live in single-parent families

  • If 1.2 million children under 18 live in a blended family, they are even more likely to live in a single-parent family: 2.2 million children live with only one of their parents. 1.9 million of them live with their mother and 300,000 with their father.

Stéphanie Letellier

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