Some states require unmarried mothers to file for child custody, while other states presume that an unmarried mother automatically has custody.
"Dating isn't exactly a walk in the park—even though I'm always there with my three-year-old daughter!
" As any single woman can attest, dating isn't easy, but a single mom has more obstacles—like finding time and babysitters for dates—when it comes to finding Mr. Rachel Sarah, author of says being concerned about your single mom friend's dating life isn't a bad thing, but it's better to offer help than to comment on how tough it is.
Sarah suggests trying to play matchmaker—does your husband have any sweet single guy friends? "I almost fell over when my neighbor asked how I can afford a nice townhouse and SUV as a single mom," says working mom *Lorraine. Recent census numbers show that half of all custodial single mothers work full-time year-round.
But single moms just may have it tougher, though not for the reason you'd think: Too often, they face tough questions and judgment just because they lack a spouse.
Don't want to be one of the people making life more difficult for these women?