single father

Victor aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Sat Dec 20 06:58:06 UTC 2008

There seems to be an evolution of single fatherhood. My assumption has
always been that the term was, essentially, custodial. So, a single
father would have been someone whose spouse/partner/mother of child
either died or left the household, leaving the children behind. This
would also include more rare cases where the children were placed with
the father by a court order (for whatever reason). Thus, single fathers
would, generally, have been more rare than single mothers, as it is much
easier for a father to disappear without acknowledging a child.

Not so now.


As disappointing as it was for Campo to lose a job that he liked, this
21-year-old has more responsibilities than most of his peers working
retail. He's a single father who recently won joint custody of his
2-year-old son. Campo is also putting himself through school, studying
math with hopes of becoming a high school calculus teacher.

But his priority right now is making his child support payments.

Child support payments usually imply shared and non-primary custody,
a.k.a. non-custodial parent. So, unless I am completely misreading this,
the use here is of two "single parents"--both custodial and
non-custodial. Is this in common usage now? Or is this simply an
isolated incident?


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