Poverty strikes children of divorce more often

Children of divorce face many emotional hurdles, but the U.S. Census has shown that financial issues are also prevalent. These children are more likely to live in poverty, The Wall Street Journal reports.

The report from the Census found that 28 percent of children in divorced families lived below the poverty line, while 19 percent of other children lived in poverty.

In addition, the Census found that 75 percent of children whose parents are divorced lived with their mothers. In 2009, women who had gone through a divorce in the last year were more likely to be in poverty than recently divorced men. Nearly 27 percent of recently divorced women had less than $25,000 in annual household income, while 17 percent of recently divorced men had household incomes less than that amount.

According to the Oklahoma Marriage Initiative, most children of divorce experience at least one year in dire poverty. These children are also more likely than children of married parents to have problems in schools, poor health and to become divorced one day themselves. Children of divorce also have a higher risk of substance abuse, mental illness, early sexual activity and criminal behavior.