Flowing Data has developed a very nice summary of divorce rates by occupation. Have not seen a better summary of this information.
More children are living with their divorced or never married dads in the last 40 years, but look at what happened during the recession– more divorced dads with children and a dramatic drop for unmarried fathers. The employment status of unmarried fathers may have something to do with this change. More US Census Bureau demographics about living arrangements of children.
Children living with unmarried single mothers has risen sharply for children over the past 40 years. Almost half of children who are living with in mother-only households are headed by unmarried single mothers. This graph from the US Census Bureau shows the patterns.
Over time this figure shows the changes in marital history of men in different birth cohorts (a birth cohort is all the men born in a specific time period). The men born in the years 1940-44 were ages 77-82 when this report was created. The men born in the years 1975-79 were ages 32-37. Keep this in mind when looking at these data. The younger group (1975-79) is still likely to experience more changes in their marital history.
Nevertheless, you can still see some trends. On average, about 2/3 of men are married at least once and this has remained constant over much of this period except this most recent period (those born 1975-79 who still have a chance of marriage). A more difficult trend to determine in whether 2nd and 3rd time marriages are declining– the cohorts between 1950-1969 seem to suggest this trend. The increase in the number of men never getting married is also apparent, but there is also a trend of marrying at older ages so some of the men born between 1970-1979 may still get married.
The U.S. Census Bureau published a recent report on remarriage. Here are a couple of graphs that illustrate some of the findings. In the graph below you can see which states have a higher than average remarriage rate ( Purple) and which states have a lower rate (Green). Interesting to speculate as to why the Midwest and Northeast has a lower rate. May be due to age of the population. Note that about 25% of all adults (older than 15) are remarried.
The U.S. Census Bureau published a recent report on remarriage. Here are a couple of graphs that illustrate some of the findings.
Custodial parents face many financial challenges. This recent US Census report (2013) provides a description of custodial parents and their financial status. This figure shows the poverty status of parents. You can see the impact of the recent recession of the poverty of these parents especially the custodial fathers.