Maria Karras and Reina Iriana

New analysis of LAW Survey data reveals that single parents whose children live with them, and single parents whose children live elsewhere, have the highest prevalence of legal problems among family types. Despite gender and age differences, these two types of families demonstrate a broadly similar pattern of legal problems. Cohabitees with children at home are the family type next most likely to experience a high prevalence of legal problems and demonstrate a similar, though less pronounced, pattern. The increased vulnerability to legal problems experienced by these family types can compound other disadvantages particularly in terms of income, housing, employment and social participation. This new analysis elaborates on the experience of legal needs according to family type and discusses the implications for targeting legal and other human services. 

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