A family can be described simply as a group of individuals who share a common ancestry. The family is considered as one of the fundamental groups in society, which normally consists of parents and their children (Kiernan 1988, p303). The same thing that is happening to the family structure in many western countries is also happening in Britain. To many people, the families of the past were far more superior to the families of today. They were also a lot happier and stable than they are now. Children had a stable environment where they could develop socially, mentally and physically without a problem (Easton, 2007). There was a time when divorce cases and the issue of illegitimate children were almost unheard of. The twentieth and twenty first centuries have seen the family structure that was generally characterised by two parents and their children going substantive changes (McRae 1999, p46).
However, nowadays, divorce and cases of illegitimate children abound in the British family structure. Gone are the days when all children enjoyed growing up in all-inclusive families, where the roles of the mother and the father were well defined. Such a family structure enabled children to develop properly in both their personal and social lives. The rate of single parenthood went up from 18% to 29% of all families from 1971 to 2002. A recent research shows that divorce cases in Britain are at all time high. ...Show more