After all, even in the case of the classic “nuclear” family, one in three is now headed by a cohabiting couple.
We are, we tell ourselves, an expansive, inclusive society, supportive of the changing reality of family life where marriage is no longer a prerequisite for acceptability.
We have successfully organised great days out like picnics, days at the beach, trips to Zoo Museums etc.
Any single parent can join, no chancers like Hugh Grant in about a boy!
Forever Fathers is a support group for divorced, separated, and unmarried (non-resident) fathers founded by two community workers who are separated fathers.
They found that, in contrast to women in the same situation, there were minimal supports available specifically for men, and that separation often results in a father not seeing his children.
However unpalatable a truth as this may be, Ireland is not yet a welcoming society for single parents – whether single mothers or single fathers.
Separated fathers who experience the inverted patriarchy of the family courts or who are denied rent allowance sufficient to allow them provide a home with space enough to have their children stay overnight will testify to systemic prejudice directed at them.
According to Laura Haugh, spokesmum for Mummy uk; “The very real risks of putting photos of your children online have been discussed at length in recent years, so much so that many of us have locked-down our social media profiles to restrict photo sharing to family and friends.
However the risks are not just around the dating part itself, where most now follow the common sense rules of telling friends when and where they’re meeting a date so that they can check in on you by phone.
According to the Mummy uk survey, a shocking 71% of single dads are currently posting photos of their children on free dating app Tinder.
Some don’t have such a relationship, but still see their children regularly.
However, many fathers are not allowed to see their children.