According to data from the 2010 Census, the likelihood that a man will remain living alone after a divorce has increased over the years. There were 50 percent more men in Austin and around America between the ages of 15 and 64 who were reporting as the sole heads of a single-person household in 2010 than there were in 1970. There was no concurrent change in the statistics for women or for men over the age of 65.
Today, 34 percent of all American men between 15 and 64 live alone. One likely cause for this increase in solitary male households is the general increase in the divorce rate, especially regarding the increase that occurred from 1970 to 1980. The lack of change in the statistics on males over 65 indicates that this spike in the divorce rate does not extend to the older generations.
Further census data indicates that the children of a divorced household are more likely to live with the mother. This may be another cause of the disparity between genders in living alone. If sole custody is more often granted to the mother than the father, then it would be logical to see this tendency reflected in the census. This may be another reason why the female single-member household rate has not changed.
In the case of divorce, especially issues involving property division and post-divorce living arrangements, it can be important to take into account the emotions of the people involved. The census data proves that issues of child custody and parental responsibility are not always being distributed evenly by American society. An attorney could provide further information regarding divorce and the legal matters surrounding it.
Source: Huffington Post, “Men After Divorce Are More Likely To Live In Single-Person Households“, August 28, 2013