Single Moms with Equal Time Sharing Earn More, Finds New Survey of 2,279

Equality in co-parent time sharing correlates with higher income and more positive feelings about parenting for single moms, according to a new survey, in time for Equal Pay Day.

The Single Mom Income and Time-Sharing Survey, based on a survey of 2,279 U.S. single moms, was conducted by Emma Johnson, founder of the website Wealthy Single Mommy, to better understand the connection between single mothers’ income and their time-sharing arrangement with their children’s fathers. You can find the white paper on the findings here.

The most prominent finding: Single moms report that more equality in time-sharing correlates with higher income and more likely feeling proud of her role as a mom.

Other highlights:

  • Moms with a 50/50 parenting schedule are 54% more likely to earn at least $100,000 annually than moms whose kids are with them most of the time (with “visits” with the dad).
  • Moms with a 50/50 parenting schedule are more than three times (325%) more likely to earn $100,000 than single moms with 100% time with their kids.
  • Moms with 50/50 parenting schedules are more than twice as likely to earn $65,000+, and nearly three-times as likely to earn that sum than moms with 100% parenting time. 
  • 13%, or 1 in 8, single moms have a 50/50 arrangement — and 98% of them are content with it.
  • 51% of single moms surveyed have their children 100% of the time.
  • Equally shared parenting is popular with single moms: The majority of single moms, 53%, either already enjoy a 50/50 schedule or wish they had it.
  • 9 in 10 single moms say they could earn more money if they had more equality in their parenting time.
  • Moms with 50/50 parenting time are 34% more likely (23% vs. 15%) to say they feel “awesome and proud” of being a mom compared with moms who care for their kids 100% of the time.
  • About 70% of moms who have their kids 100% or majority time feel parenting gets in the way of self-care, vs just 50% of moms with 50/50 schedules.

Anne-Marie Slaughter, CEO New America, says this about the project:

“Emma Johnson is focusing on an important and almost completely overlooked piece of the complex gender equality puzzle. She is absolutely right to point out that while social norms around equal parenting may be slow to change, reforming laws and practices governing divorced couples could make a big and beneficial difference for single mothers and fathers relatively quickly.”

1 https://ifstudies.org/blog/10-surprising-findings-on-shared-parenting-after-divorce-or-separation
Joint versus sole physical custody: Outcomes for children independent of family income or parental conflict, Linda Nielsen https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5154a075e4b08f050dc20996/t/5a6a58370d9297962b6ef1fd/151
6918840631/2018+Child+Custody+60+studies+.pdf

(Press Release from PR Newswire, SOURCE Moms for Shared Parenting)

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