Sometimes in life, great challenges inspire novel solutions which prove not only positive and effective but also life-affirming. This is particularly true when it comes to the challenges which many women face in the aftermath of a divorce. The scope of one of the underlying problems faced by single moms is particularly devastating.
The United States has the world's highest rate of children living in single-parent households. 14.7 million children (one in five of all children in the US) live in households receiving child support or should be receiving child support. However, less than half of all child support that was due was paid. 30% of the custodial parents received no child support, and almost 26% received only a fraction of the support due to them. The average amount paid in child support was $287 per month, an amount of money wholly inadequate to sustain a single parent household. In a recent year, the total amount of unpaid child support in this country was more than 33 billion dollars. So, what is the answer to this immense problem?
Welcome to the Mommune. A commune is generally a group of people living together and sharing possessions, finances, and responsibilities. Similarly, a mommune is one or more mothers who have chosen to live together for economic and social benefits, including built-in childcare, companionship, and socialization for the parents and any children residing within the household. In my recent article, which was just published in Your Tango magazine, I explain how and why more and more single moms and their children are turning to this unique family construct, with amazing results. To read this important article, please click on the link below:
**Ronald Bavero is a highly regarded divorce attorney, legal educator and author of the critically acclaimed, five-star book, “An Elephant Doesn’t Marry A Giraffe – Everything I Learned As A Divorce Attorney.” This book is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads and Draft2Digital. He also maintains a website www.divorcedeverafter.com where you can find more information about his book and other interesting and valuable articles about the process of divorce and separation. Currently, he has now been invited to share his wisdom as a divorce expert on "Your Tango"