According to a new study, grandparents provide important support in the household. Single parents in California and across the country are looking out for actions they can take that will be emotionally and financially supportive of their child. A study conducted by Research 2010, a project that researches changes in American society, shows that one in every 10 children is America is now living in a household that includes at least one grandparent. The house that they live in is usually the home of the grandparent. The research supports findings by the Pew Charitable Trust that 7.7 million youngsters in the country live in such an arrangement.
A multigenerational and family issues spokesperson for AARP says that the recent recession is the primary reason so many grandchildren are living with their grandparents. Grandparents have historically been a safety net for families with young children when they hit hard times. Twenty percent of the grandparents providing homes to their grandchildren live below the poverty level. Almost one-third of the grandmothers living with their grandchildren are the primary caregivers for those children.
Intergenerational living can be advantageous to all members of the household by providing more sources of income to support the household members. It also may free the wage earners from the demands of childcare responsibilities and allow more hours to be worked outside the home.
Because grandparents can provide important support in households, single parents may find themselves relying more on them for help. Whether single parenting arises from life style choices or divorce, child custody can be both an emotional and a legal issue. When a person has the best interests of the child at heart, an attorney may be able to provide advice on the best steps to take that will protect the child and provide adequate financial support.
Source: Huffington Post, “Study Says More And More Grandparents Are Raising Their Grandkids“, November 06, 2013