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As the family law attorneys of Gailor, Wallis and Hunt have previously documented, the recession that the United States is suffering and with which American families must continue to struggle with has changed many things for Americans. For families, job losses have led to financial downsizing, relocation,separation of spouses, loss of homes and moving in with other family members. Whether the separations are the product of job changes, unemployment or divorce spurred by stress and conflict, the absence of intact parental units has no doubt impacted children. A study recently released by the Pew Research Center points out that grandparents are currently raising one in ten children.

The study, titled “Since the Start of the Great Recession, More Children Raised by Grandparents,” states that the number of children who lived with their grandparents slowly rose over the past decade. The increase in children being raised by their parents’ parents rose more sharply from 2007 to 2008, which correlates with the beginning of the economic downturn.

The Pew Research Center study, based upon U.S. Census Bureau data analysis,