Families on TANF in South Carolina: Employment Assets and Liabilities. Reasons Why Relationships Ended

10/01/2004

  • Most of the respondents who were never married to the father of their youngest child cited “relationship reasons” as the reason they did not marry the father.

For respondents who had never married the father of their youngest child, almost 73% of these respondents mentioned “relationship reasons” such as not getting along with the father, being too young, not in love, not mature enough, and too different. The next most common reasons reported for why the relationship ended were financial reasons, and incarceration, violence or abusiveness of the father. Almost one-third of the respondents who were divorced or separated from the father of their youngest child cited an abusive or violent relationship (Appendix D Table II-b).

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