Selected Statistics on Canadian Families and Family Law:
Second Edition

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Research Unit
Family, Children and Youth Section
Department of Justice Canada

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  • Table 1: Average Annual Income by Family Type, 1993-1997
  • Table 2: Families and Poverty (1996)
  • Table 3: Number and Rate of Marriages and Divorces, Canada and Provinces/Territories, 1997
  • Table 4: Distribution of Children According to Whether a Court Order for Custody Exists, by Type of Broken Union and Time Elapsed Since Separation-NLSCY, Cycle 1, 1994-1995
  • Table 5: Court-Ordered Custody Arrangement, According to
    the Age of the Child at Separation and the Type of Broken Union-NLSCY, Cycle 1, 1994-1995
  • Table 6: Living Arrangements at Time of Separation for Children of Broken Families-NLSCY, Cycle 1, 1994-1995
  • Table 7: Type of Contact Maintained With Either Parent at Time of Separation by Type of Union-NLSCY, Cycle 1, 1994-1995
  • Table 8: Type of Support Agreement According to Type of Broken Union-NLSCY, Cycle 1, 1994-1995
  • Table 9: Type of Support Agreement and Regularity of Payments, According to Type of Broken Union-NLSCY, Cycle 1, 1994-1995


  • Figure 1: Family Type as a Proportion of all Families (1996)
  • Figure 2: Families with Children by Family Type (1986-1996)
  • Figure 3: Family Type at Birth for Various Cohorts of Children
  • Figure 4: Marital Status of Male and Female Lone Parents (1991)
  • Figure 5: Proportion of Children in Private Households by Family Type (1996)
  • Figure 6: Poverty Rates by Family Type, 1996
  • Figure 7: Marriage and Divorce Rates in Canada, 1967-1997
  • Figure 8: Median Age at Time of Divorce, 1993-1997
  • Figure 9: Canadian Children Born to a Lone-Parent or Who Have Experienced the Separation of Their Parents, Various Birth Cohorts
  • Figure 10 Canadian Children Born in a Two-Parent Family Who Have Experienced Their Parents' Separation, According to Type of Parents' Union, 1983-1984 Cohorts- NLSCY 1994-1995
  • Figure 11: Distribution of Children Aged 0-11 and of Children From Broken Families, According to Type of Parents' Union- Canada-NLSCY 1994-1995
  • Figure 12: Percentage of Children From Broken Marriages Who Have Not Yet Witnessed Their Parents' Divorce, According to Time Elapsed Since Separation-NLSCY 1994-1995 (Life Table Estimates)
  • Figure 13: Type of Custody Arrangements
  • Figure 14: Type of Contact Maintained with Either Parent at Time of Separation NLSCY 1994-1995
  • Figure 15: Type of Contact Maintained with Father at the Time of Survey, According to Time Elapsed Since Separation - NLSCY 1994-1995
  • Figure 16: Number of People Who Reported Paying or Receiving Support, 1986-1996
  • Figure 17: Total Amount of Alimony by Number of Payers and Recipients, Canada 1995
  • Figure 18: Income Ranges of Payers and Recipients, 1995
  • Figure 19: Sources of Income, 1995
  • Figure 20: Government Transfers as a Source of Income, for Payers and Recipients, Canada, 1995
  • Figure 21:Visiting Patterns with Father, for Children Living with Mother at Time of Separation, According to Regularity of Child Support Payments-NLSCY, Cycle 1, 1994-1995
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