Stepfamily Facts

Did you know?

Stepfamilies are currently the fastest growing family form in the UK.¹


The latest (2011) report from the Office for National Statistics recorded 544,000 stepfamilies with dependent children in England and Wales.²


Stepfamilies tend to be larger than non-stepfamilies with 28% of married couple stepfamilies having three or more dependent children compared with 17% of married couple non-stepfamilies.


Nearly 1 in 10 (1.1 million) dependent children live in a stepfamily.


11% of all couple families with dependent children are stepfamilies.


Three in four (76%) stepfamilies include dependent children (the remaining stepfamilies included non-dependent children only).³


85% of stepfamilies include dependent children from the woman’s previous relationship; 11% from the man’s and 4% from both partners’ previous relationships.4


In 2005, Parentline Plus helpline received 14,500 calls from stepparents who were experiencing stepfamily issues.5


The latest Parentline Plus call data analysis report (March 2009) recorded a total of 15,701 calls received; of 10,847 long calls 1049 (10%) were from stepfamilies.6


15% of all marriages were remarriages for both parties and 19% were remarriages for one only one person.7


Research shows that it can take family members at least 4 years to adjust and settle into stepfamily life.8


For more information on stepfamilies, please see the list of sources below.

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  5. (A report by Parentline Plus: Stepfamilies June 2005 no longer accessible on the website)