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% if 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. 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.
List of Sources:
- http://www.familylives.org.uk/about/news-blogs-and-reports/reports/our-reports/ (A report by Parentline Plus: Stepfamilies June 2005 no longer accessible on the website)