Thirty per cent of UK families include a child from a previous relationship, a new report claims.
The figure is based on interviews with a representative sample of 20,000 people and amounts to nearly two million children, according to the report from insurance firm Aviva. Just under half the adults surveyed said they had had at least one previous serious relationship. One in six has had two, and one in twenty has had three or more.
One third of the such families receive no financial help from the child’s absent parent, the report notes, while an additional third receive only occasional child support payments. Only one quarter of families with step children receive regular payments from the absent parent.
Aviva’s Sarah Poulter said: “This research shows that there is no ‘normal’ family any more. What was seen as the traditional model is becoming more and more diverse. It is now quite usual for a child to have three parents, and to live in a family that includes step-parents, half-brothers and half- sisters.”