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Number of single-parent families in the UK falls as fewer couples split up over money

The number of single-parent families has fallen after fewer couples split up over money problems after the British economy bounced back from the 2008 financial crisis, new figures have revealed.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) found the number of single-parent families was down 2.95 per cent from 2,943,000 in 2010 to 2,856,000 last year. 

One-parent families accounted for just 14.7 per cent of all families in the UK last year compared to 16.28 per cent in 2010.  

A family lawyer has suggested that the reason for less family breakdowns is due to an improvement in finances since the 2008 recession meaning that fewer couples were breaking up over money-related arguments.  

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) found the number of single-parent families was down 2.95 per cent from 2,943,000 in 2010 to 2,856,000 last year

One-parent families accounted for just 14.7 per cent of all families in the UK last year compared to 16.28 per cent in 2010.

Senior associate solicitor at Hall Brown Family Law, Laura Guillon, told The Telegraph: 'When times are tough financially, money can be a source of tension at home and lead to couples breaking up. 

'However, when fortunes recover, money becomes less of a point of conflict and can be a reason to set up home together.' 

The ONS found that unmarried couples who were living together with children rose from 5.9 per cent of all families in 2010 to 6.5 per cent last year.   

A family lawyer has suggested that the reason for less family breakdowns is due to an improvement in finances since the 2008 recession meaning that fewer couples were breaking up over money-related arguments

The ONS said: 'The number of families and households in the UK has continued to rise in line with the growth of the UK population over the past decade. However, the ways that people live have been changing.

'Married and civil partnered couple families remain the most common family type, but this is a declining trend in the UK as more people choose to live together before, or without, getting married.

'While average household size has remained stable over the last two decades, the proportion of people who live alone has increased and multifamily households, despite making up a very small proportion, has been the fastest growing household type over this period.'

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