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One in ten children in stepfamily

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One and a half million children live in a family where both biological parents are no longer in a relationship , with a step-parent. And more than a third of them have half-siblings. These results, revealed by a large survey conducted by INSEE, are without appeal: the model of the traditional family flies a little more sparkle every year. If they are not yet established as norms, stepfamily and single-parent families are in any case no longer marginal.

Anne-Laure Vaineau

1 in 4 children do not live with both parents

Of the 13, 7 million minors registered in 2011, 18% live in a single-parent family, and 11% in a family recomposed. This is a one-point increase in statistics in five years. "At first glance, this does not seem spectacular, but in terms of family structures, developments are relatively slow" recalls Pascale Breuil, head of the demographic studies unit social affairs of INSEE. We can therefore speak, in terms of numbers, of a fundamental evolution.

720,000 blended families

The blended family is not a rigid structure, it is multifaceted.

Thus, while 940,000 children (about 2 in every 3 stepfamilies) live with only one of their parent and step-parent, another 530,000 (1 in 3) are born of the union of both parents. with whom they live, and share their daily lives with half-brothers and half-sisters. The remaining 140,000 live with both parents, but have older, independent half-siblings.

Parisians at the margin

Paris, still ahead of societal changes? Not this time apparently. Recomposed families represent only 6% of families, compared to 8% in Ile-de-France and 9% on average nationwide. In detail, only 32,400 small Parisians are concerned. Side explanation, it seems that we must look for real estate: apartments too expensive, and too small. Ineluctably, single-parent households are clearly above them: 1 in 4 children in Paris live with a single parent, the mother most often (compared to 1 in 5 at the national level).

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