Marriage Breakdown Costs Taxpayers at Least $112 Billion a Year 

While all individuals can bene

Marriage Breakdown Costs Taxpayers at Least $112 Billion a Year

While all individuals can benefit from our services, it is obvious that some people, as a result of life circumstances, could benefit more than others from quality education and coaching.To determine the number of persons who most need these workshops, we can assess the work of the 2008 Press Release by Mitchell S. Muncy, Chief Operating Officer, Institute for American Values.Muncy indicated that research shows that family breakdown costs taxpayers at least $112 Billion a year, based on:1. Anti-poverty/food stamps 2. Criminal justice and education programs3. Increased taxpayer expenditures for anti-poverty programs4. Lower levels of taxes paid And more specifically: 

First-Time Research Reveals Staggering Annual Taxpayer Costs for Divorce and Unwed Childbearing WASH. D.C.  In first-ever research, a new report quantifies a minimum $112 billion annual taxpayer cost from high rates of divorce and unmarried childbearing. It identifies national, state, and local costs, which account for more than $1 trillion in the last decade.  This landmark scholarly study, entitled “The Taxpayer Costs of Divorce and Unwed Childbearing: First-Ever Estimates for the Nation and All 50 States,” was released on April 15th at the National Press Club by four renowned policy and research groups—Institute for American Values, Georgia Family Council, Institute for Marriage and Public Policy, and Families Northwest.“This study documents for the first time, that divorce and unwed childbearing—besides being bad for children—are also costing taxpayers a ton of money,” said David Blankenhorn, president of the Institute for American Values.  “Even a small improvement in the health of marriage in America would result in enormous savings to taxpayers,” he continued.  “For example, a 1 percent reduction in rates of family fragmentation would save taxpayers $1.1 billion.”“These costs are due to increased taxpayer expenditures for anti-poverty, criminal justice and education programs, and through lower levels of taxes paid by individuals whose adult productivity has been negatively affected by increased childhood poverty caused by family fragmentation,” said principal investigator Ben Scafidi, Ph.D., economics professor at Georgia College & State University.“Prior research shows that marriage lifts single mothers out of poverty and therefore reduces the need for costly social benefits,” said Scafidi.  “This new report shows that public concern about the decline of marriage need not be based only on ‘moral’ concerns, but that reducing high taxpayer costs of family fragmentation is a legitimate concern of government, policymakers and legislators, as well as community reformers and faith communities.”“This report now provides the basis for a national consensus that strengthening marriage is a legitimate policy concern,” said Blankenhorn.  “The report’s numbers represent an extremely cautious estimate, a lower-bound figure, and have been vetted by a group of distinguished scholars and economists who have attached their names as advisors to this report.”“These numbers represent real people and real suffering,” said Randy Hicks, president of Georgia Family Council.  “Both economic and human costs make family fragmentation a legitimate public concern.  Historically, Americans have resisted the impulse to surrender to negative and hurtful trends.  We fight problems like racism, poverty and domestic violence because we understand that the stakes are high.  And while we’ll never eliminate divorce and unwed childbearing entirely, we can certainly be doing more to help marriages and families succeed.”

Father Absence Crisis Statistics

Whilst the statistics below were produced in America, we felt it was important to publish these findings as where ever you are in the world these statistics will more than likely have some familiarities:

  • 63%      of youth suicides are from fatherless homes (US Dept. Of Health/Census) –      5 times the average.
  • 90%      of all homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes – 32 times      the average.
  • 85%      of all children who show behavior disorders come from fatherless homes –      20 times the average.  (Center for Disease Control)
  • 80%      of rapists with anger problems come from fatherless homes –14 times the      average.  (Justice & Behavior, Vol 14, p. 403-26)
  • 71%      of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes – 9 times the      average.  (National Principals Association Report)

Father Factor in Education - Fatherless children are twice as likely to drop out of school.

  • Children      with Fathers who are involved are 40% less likely to repeat a grade in      school.
  • Children      with Fathers who are involved are 70% less likely to drop out of school.
  • Children      with Fathers who are involved are more likely to get A’s in school.
  • Children      with Fathers who are involved are more likely to enjoy school and engage      in extracurricular activities.
  • 75% of all adolescent patients in chemical abuse centers come from      fatherless homes – 10 times the average.

Father Factor in Drug and Alcohol Abuse - Researchers at Columbia University found that children living in two-parent household with a poor relationship with their father are 68% more likely to smoke, drink, or use drugs compared to all teens in two-parent households. Teens in single mother households are at a 30% higher risk than those in two-parent households.

  • 70%      of youths in state-operated institutions come from fatherless homes – 9      times the average.  (U.S. Dept. of Justice, Sept. 1988)
  • 85%      of all youths in prison come from fatherless homes – 20 times the      average.  (Fulton Co. Georgia, Texas Dept. of Correction)

Father Factor in Incarceration – Even after controlling for income, youths in father-absent households still had significantly higher odds of incarceration than those in mother-father families. Youths who never had a father in the household experienced the highest odds. A 2002 Department of Justice survey of 7,000 inmates revealed that 39% of jail inmates lived in mother-only households. Approximately forty-six percent of jail inmates in 2002 had a previously incarcerated family member. One-fifth experienced a father in prison or jail.

Father Factor in Crime - A study of 109 juvenile offenders indicated that family structure significantly predicts delinquency. Adolescents, particularly boys, in single-parent families were at higher risk of status, property and person delinquencies. Moreover, students attending schools with a high proportion of children of single parents are also at risk. A study of 13,986 women in prison showed that more than half grew up without their father. Forty-two percent grew up in a single-mother household and sixteen percent lived with neither parent

Father Factor in Child Abuse – Compared to living with both parents, living in a single-parent home doubles the risk that a child will suffer physical, emotional, or educational neglect. The overall rate of child abuse and neglect in single-parent households is 27.3 children per 1,000, whereas the rate of overall maltreatment in two-parent households is 15.5 per 1,000.Daughters of single parents without a Father involved are 53% more likely to marry as teenagers, 711% more likely to have children as teenagers, 164% more likely to have a pre-marital birth and 92% more likely to get divorced themselves.Adolescent girls raised in a 2 parent home with involved Fathers are significantly less likely to be sexually active than girls raised without involved Fathers.

  • 43% of US children live without their father [US Department of      Census]
  • 90%      of homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes. [US D.H.H.S.,      Bureau of the Census]
  • 80%      of rapists motivated with displaced anger come from fatherless homes.      [Criminal Justice & Behaviour, Vol 14, pp. 403-26, 1978]
  • 71% of pregnant teenagers lack a father. [U.S. Department of      Health and Human Services press release, Friday, March 26, 1999]
  • 63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes. [US D.H.H.S.,      Bureau of the Census]
  • 85%      of children who exhibit behavioral disorders come from fatherless homes.      [Center for Disease Control]
  • 90% of adolescent repeat arsonists live with only their mother.      [Wray Herbert, “Dousing the Kindlers,” Psychology Today, January, 1985, p.      28]
  • 71%      of high school dropouts come from fatherless homes. [National Principals      Association Report on the State of High Schools]
  • 75% of adolescent patients in chemical abuse centers come from      fatherless homes. [Rainbows f for all God’s Children]
  • 70% of juveniles in state operated institutions have no father.      [US Department of Justice, Special Report, Sept. 1988]
  • 85% of youths in prisons grew up in a fatherless home. [Fulton      County Georgia jail populations, Texas Department of Corrections, 1992]
  • Fatherless      boys and girls are: twice as likely to drop out of high school; twice as      likely to end up in jail; four times more likely to need help for      emotional or behavioral problems. [US D.H.H.S. news release, March 26,      1999]

Census Fatherhood Statistics

  • 64.3 million: Estimated number of fathers across the nation
  • 26.5 million: Number of fathers who are part of married-couple      families with their own children under the age of 18.      Among these fathers - 
    • 22 percent are raising three or more of their       own children under 18 years old (among married-couple family households       only).
    • 2 percent live in the home of a relative or a       non-relative.
  • 2.5 million: Number of single fathers, up from 400,000 in 1970.      Currently, among single parents living with their children, 18 percent are      men.      Among these fathers - 
    • 8 percent are raising three or more of their own       children under 18 years old.
    • 42 percent are divorced, 38 percent have never       married, 16 percent are separated and 4 percent are widowed. (The       percentages of those divorced and never married are not significantly       different from one another.)
    • 16 percent live in the home of a relative or a       non-relative.
    • 27 percent have an annual family income of $50,000       or more.
  • 85 percent: Among the 30.2 million fathers living with childreN younger than 18, the percentage who lived with their biological children      only. 
    • 11 percent lived with step-children
    • 4 percent with adopted children
    • < 1 percent with foster children

    Recent policies encourage the development of programs designed to improve the economic status of low-income nonresident fathers and the financial and emotional support provided to their children. This brief provides ten key lessons from several important early responsible fatherhood initiatives that were developed and implemented during the 1990s and early 2000s. Formal evaluations of these earlier fatherhood efforts have been completed making this an opportune time to step back and assess what has been learned and how to build on the early programs’ successes and challenges.While the following statistics are formidable, the Responsible Fatherhood research literature generally supports the claim that a loving and nurturing father improves outcomes for children, families and communities.

  • Children with involved, loving fathers are significantly more      likely to do well in school, have healthy self-esteem, exhibit empathy and      pro-social behavior, and avoid high-risk behaviors such as drug use,      truancy, and criminal activity compared to children who have uninvolved      fathers.
  • Studies on parent-child relationships and child well being show      that father love is an important factor in predicting the social,      emotional, and cognitive development and functioning of children and young      adults.
  • 24 million children (34 percent) live absent their biological      father.
  • Nearly 20 million children (27 percent) live in single-parent      homes.
  • 43 percent of first marriages dissolve within fifteen years; about      60 percent of divorcing couples have children; and approximately one      million children each year experience the divorce of their parents.
  • Fathers who live with their children are more likely to have a      close, enduring relationship with their children than those who do not.
  • Compared to children born within marriage, children born to      cohabiting parents are three times as likely to experience father absence,      and children born to unmarried, non-cohabiting parents are four times as      likely to live in a father-absent home.
  • About 40 percent of children in father-absent homes have not seen      their father at all during the past year; 26 percent of absent fathers      live in a different state than their children; and 50 percent of children      living absent their father have never set foot in their father’s home.
  • Children who live absent their biological fathers are, on average,      at least two to three times more likely to be poor, to use drugs, to      experience educational, health, emotional and behavioral problems, to be      victims of child abuse, and to engage in criminal behavior than their      peers who live with their married, biological (or adoptive) parents.
  • From 1995 to 2000, the proportion of children living in      single-parent homes slightly declined, while the proportion of children      living with two married parents remained stable.